Ability Digital

Ability Digital is a subsidiary company of Ability Consultancy which is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2019

Ability Consultancy (NW) was established as a not-for-profit organisation in 2019. Providing a service by breaking down the barriers & stigma of disability & inclusivity, using sport or practical learning for people with a disability.

Generic or bespoke services to schools or youth providers. Delivering sessions and providing first­-hand experiences to demonstrate to young people what it is like being disabled. Giving the opportunity to experience disability using various types simulation equipment.

All of our consultants have lived disability experience and will provide unique experiences and solutions. For more information email us here.

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Learn British Sign Language

Sign Language is a visual means of communication through gestures, used mainly by people who are Deaf or have hearing impairments.

COMMUNICATION

Communication is an important skill as it used everywhere from, school, home, work and in social situations.

Learn About Deafness

A patient with a mild hearing impairment may have problems understanding speech, especially if there is a lot of noise around, while those with moderate deafness may need a hearing aid.

Symptoms

A patient with a mild hearing impairment may have problems understanding speech, especially if there is a lot of noise around, while those with moderate deafness may need a hearing aid.

Learn about Mobility

Mobility issues can threaten a persons independence because they interfere with activities of daily living. Limited mobility can lead to feelings of isolation.

Limits of Mobility

Mobility is necessary for adequate self-care and instrumental for activities of daily living, both necessary to maintaining one’s independence within a neighbourhood or community.

Under 13 years old

Address conflicted feelings: Some students may feel they are being watched or judged by their peers when they choose to be inclusive of others.

Differences and similarities

Identify differences and similarities: Just as children may be able to see visible differences, they can point out traits they share with others. When a child takes notice of a person who is different from them, encourage the child introduce themselves.

Under 21 years old

Focus on emotional thinking: Older children are beginning to associate feelings with specific experiences. Ask them to unpack how they feel after an interaction with someone

Learn about feelings

Address conflicted feelings: Some students may feel they are being watched or judged by their peers when they choose to be inclusive of others.

Over 21 years old

Focus on empathy and kindness: Encourage students to invite others into their friend groups, intervene when they see bullying, and be on the lookout for peers at risk of isolation.

Social exclusion

Address social exclusion: Around this age, ingroup-outgroup behaviors become more pronounced thanthey are for preteens. Explain how isolation can cause signs of depression and anxiety; this can happen both on line and in person.

Explore & learn about how different types of disabilities affect people.

Teaching Children About Disabilities

It’s never too early to start teaching children about differences among their peers. With infants and toddlers, Scott recommended using picture books that include representations of people who look different and similar to them.

“Children as young as l½ or 2 will verbalize that they see a physical difference in another child,” Scott said. “We need to follow the curiosity. We need to not shame that and instead help make sense of it, normalize it, and talk about what is the same between them and the person they’re observing for the first time.”

Some differences may be invisible to children, so explaining developmental and learning disabilities can help children understand various types of ability. These discussions can include the autism spectrum, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder and should also mention the strengths
of children with these diagnoses.

In a school environment, social workers and educators can focus on unique aspects of disability education.

Discuss individual differences

All students have their own unique traits, fears, and challenges.
Teach students to identify and share their own differences that are
beginning to emerge.

Teenagers can understand and internalize the concept of an ability continuum, meaning that physical and mental ability – like other aspects of identity – are measured by many variables that include visual and auditory processing, spatial awareness, creative thinking, executive functions, and other aspects of communication.

For more information, contact us at info@ability-consultancy.co.uk

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Who Are We

Ability Consultancy

Ability Consultancy was set up by Claire Buckle who has experienced the struggles of trying to access sporting opportunities throughout her life. Claire has Cerebral Palsy but this has not stopped her in anything that she does. A graduate in Business Management and Sports Studies from Manchester Metropolitan University, and a retired Para Athlete competing for GB between 1997-2007, Claire has been heavily involved in sport from a young age and has experienced first-hand how sport can have a positive outcome on people’s lives.

She has over 20 years’ experience in sport, as an athlete, a Special Needs schools sports coach, a Sports Development Officer, a National Governing Body of Sport employee and a coach of many sports including a level three performance coach in Athletics. Claire was the first person in England to complete her coaching qualification based on para athletes.

Team Members

Lorna Pearson

A wealth of experience in a finance and leadership roles. Experienced in sourcing and raising capital.  Manages risks in accordance to policy, and also manages cashflow and liaise with banks & investors.

Claire Buckle

Retired GB Para Athlete | Women in Innovation Winner 2022 | Disability Awareness & Equality and Diversity Advocate, Supporting an inclusive and accessible society level three tutor.

Keith Hunter

A creative, multidisciplinary freelance digital creative living and working in rainy Manchester, with over 35 years commercial experience in web, print, motion graphics, app & identity design.

Our Team Members

Growth Expert Innovate Edge UK
Jamie Sheridan

Pink Spaghetti Preston
Karen Book
Vicky Jones
Emma Flynn

Ability Consultancy
Trevor Buckle

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