What is awareness raising and sensitisation?
Awareness raising = become aware, gain knowledge, know of.
Sensitisation = gain insight/understanding, have direct contact (why, background, beyond the obvious disability).
“Knowledge does not lead to change, understanding does.”
Awareness raising activities include:
- Public talks
- Media campaigns
- Targeted campaigns, eg. Nappy Run
- Creating and facilitating local disability networks, eg. SDN
Sensitisation activities include:
- Sensitisation workshops
- Targeted campaigns, eg. Wheelchair Wednesday
“Disability is a lot about attitude. You can’t control what happens to you but you can control how you react to it. In my mind I am not disabled…
I am not disabled at home. I can do anything at home. Only when I get out into society do I become disabled by attitudes and architectural barriers…it all comes down to educating people so that these barriers are not created in the first place.”
For more information on this programme, contact us.