Removing mental health barriers – Lived experience digital disability awareness training

Find out how technology can support those with mental health conditions

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  • 13:00 - 15:00pm BST
  • Wednesday 4 May 2022

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Length of course: 2 hours.

This course is part of our Don't Disable Me series of courses focusing on the lived experiences of people facing visual, hearing, physical, mental health and neurodiversity barriers. 

What will be covered

This course is part of a series during which AbilityNet’s workplace inclusion experts will 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. 

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. 

Adam Tweed, smiling at camera

Adam Tweed is AbilityNet's Innovation Consultant for Education & Workplace. A lover of all things tech, Adam firmly believes "if you can break it; it's been designed badly" and that “the best tech is the stuff you shouldn't need to think about.”

He has experienced periods of mental health challenges and has had a recent diagnosis of Generalised Anxiety Disorder. Adam uses his experiences to discuss and challenge the stigmas around the impact and taboos of mental health conditions.

He will discuss his mental health-related experiences and will provide a demonstration of the tech tools available to help manage mental health conditions. 

This course will look at: 

  • In this session we will look at the barriers and difficulties associated with some common mental health conditions.
  • We will look at the lived experience of a mental health condition pre and post-diagnosis in terms of both benefit and barriers.
  • We will discuss the impact of technology and working practices in both helping and hindering the management of a mental health condition but also how the same considerations can impact a wider workforce of individuals who may be experiencing varying levels of stress and have equally varied levels of resilience, coping strategies and support networks.

Why you should attend

During this course you will learn about:

  • Mental ill health
  • Adam’s story
  • Demo of assistive technologies used to help manage difficulties associated with some common mental health conditions
  • Tips for inclusive digital design including websites, documents and media
  • Cultural tips
  • Q&A

Who is this training for?

Anyone wishing to be able to work in a disability inclusive way. This may be of special interest to diversity and inclusion leaders, and:

  • HR Directors and HR managers
  • hiring managers
  • line managers
  • senior management team

Level of training

Suitable for all levels of knowledge.

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

What to bring: You will need a good internet connection, access to a laptop or desktop computer and to be able to open/use the Zoom platform without restrictions on your device

Location: Online - this course is delivered via the Zoom platform


  • The course will be delivered with live captions
  • We can share slides in advance if required
  • A captioned recording with transcript will be shared with attendees after the live event

Why train with us?

97% of attendees rated our webinars and training ‘Excellent' or ’Good’ in 2019

What our previous attendees said about our courses

"Going through mental health difficulties and feeling like you have to hide them at work can be incredibly isolating, especially in our current times. We attended AbilityNet's training on mental health barriers last week and it has given us a jumping off point to have some interesting conversations as a team." - Beyond Green  
"Really agree with others - best online training session I have attended."

Meet your trainer

Adam Tweed

Adam is AbilityNet's Innovation Consultant – Education & Workplace. With a BA in Film Studies, a BSc in Psychology and a career in IT in both the commercial and education sectors, Adam is a self-described jack-of-all-trades. The move to AbilityNet, initially as a DSA and Workplace Needs Assessor, combined both his passion for people and for technology and the intersection of the two. He is a lover of all things tech and the idea of technology as an experience; a seamless enhancement to ways of living and working that enables convenience, independence and a better quality of life.