Disability Awareness Training - Removing hearing barriers

Find out from disabled people with lived experience how technology can support those who are D/deaf or hard of hearing

Why you should attend

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the types of hearing loss people experience
  • Understand through real life stories the unintentional barriers we can create that impact on colleagues or learners living with hearing loss
  • Understand the types of assistive technologies used to remove hearing barriers
  • Gather advice and tips on how to remove barriers in your workplace or educational institution or avoid creating them in the first place

Who will benefit from this training

Anyone wishing to be able to work in a disability inclusive way. The course will be of special interest to:

  • diversity and inclusion leaders
  • HR Directors
  • Hiring managers
  • line managers
  • IT managers

Level of training: Suitable for all levels of knowledge.


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This course is part of our Disability Awareness Training Don't Disable Me series of courses focusing on the lived experiences of people facing visual, hearing, physical, mental health and neurodiversity barriers. Join the entire series! Get 10% off each course using discount code AbilityNetTraining10.

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  • 13:00 - 15:00 BST (2 hours)

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If you're looking for training for more than 8 people on a single course, please get in touch with us to discuss our great value options.

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Course overview

This course is part of a series during which AbilityNet’s workplace inclusion experts provide a deep dive into the experiences of people of living with different disabilities and impairments.

Led by individuals with lived experience, we will share the common barriers that people encounter at work, in study and in day-to-day life, the kinds of assistive technologies and tools that people use to overcome these barriers and the steps that everyone can take to avoid creating barriers in the first place. 

Ghizzi is a Learning Technologist at University of the West of England who works with AbilityNet on the university's workplace and education-based consultancy. Ghizzi will discuss her experiences growing up, at university and in the workplace and will provide a demonstration of the tech tools she uses. 

The course is interactive and practical. It includes real life stories to help articulate how employing the social model of disability at your workplace or education institution can lead to a working or learning environment that embraces and welcomes everyone and is inclusive by design. 

What you will learn 

  • Types of hearing loss and their associated digital, environmental, and cultural barriers.
  • Assistive technologies used and other tech tools that can help.
  • How to make sure your working or learning environment does not unintentionally exclude people living with hearing loss from participating fully. 
"I found the demo of the screen reader really useful - amazing to actually see/hear from someone who uses one rather than just reading about the theory of the tools which don't get the messages across for me as well as today's session did."

"Really agree with others - best online training session I have attended."

Your trainer - Ghizzi Dunlop

Ghizzi Dunlop

Ghizzi Dunlop is deaf/Hard of Hearing in her left ear. She is also Neurodiverse with Dyslexia, Irlen Syndrome, Audio Processing Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She works in Higher Education as a Learning Technologist in a STEM faculty, with a specialist focus on Open, Digital Accessibility and Pedagogy.

She is also a passionate gardener, allotment keeper and keen mountain biker.

Important information 

Class size: We limit the number of people on our training courses to ensure all attendees can engage with the presenter, ask questions and have an informative experience.

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Date and time

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Next live date TBC
13:00 to 15:00 BST

If you're looking for training for more than 8 people on a single course, please get in touch with us to discuss our great value options.


Online via Zoom


  • Delivered on Zoom using its automated captions feature
  • Advanced sharing of slides if required
  • Captioned recording with transcript provided

More information
Got any questions? Email us: training@abilitynet.org.uk

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