Removing physical barriers – Lived experience digital disability awareness training

Find out how technology can support those who are disabled

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  • 10:00 - 12:00 BST
  • Wednesday 15 June 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. 

Alex is a Disability Consultant at AbilityNet. He has Moebius Syndrome, which is a very rare condition that causes paralysis in facial muscles, club foot, missing limbs and sometimes cognitive issues too. He will discuss his experiences growing up, at university and in the workplace and will provide a demonstration of the tech tools he uses. 

Alex Barker

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. 

This course will look at: 

  • Types of physical impairments and the 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 physical impairments or differences from participating fully. 

Why you should attend

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

  • Describe the types of physical impairments people experience
  • Understand through real life stories the unintentional barriers we can create that impact on colleagues or learners living with physical impairments
  • Understand the types of assistive technologies used to remove visual 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 is this training for?

The course will be of special interest to anyone wishing to be able to work in a disability inclusive way, including:

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

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

Attendees will receive a link to the recording of the training to watch back at your leisure after the event. (And you’ll always have access to the latest advice as we will update the content on the link when the training is repeated in the future.)

What our previous attendees said about this course

"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."
"It was really useful to get practical tips/actions we can take away for improving accessibility of Word documents, Powerpoint slides and video content." 

Meet your trainer

Alex Barker is a Disability Consultant at AbilityNet and before that as Advice and Information Officer. He has been working for AbilityNet for more than 18 years and in that time has seen technology evolve. "We have more computing power in our smartphones than was used on Apollo 11. As NASA had to overcome lots of barriers to get to the moon, disabled people often have to remove physical barriers to enable them to live, study and work effectively. I’ve used technology to enable me to study at college and university and I love passing on my experience to other people so they can have the same opportunities that I’ve had."