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The National Disability Equality Training

The National Disability Equality Training: towards more inclusive organizations and communities

Red Oak organized on November 5, 2021, “The National Disability Equality Training (DET) in Lebanon” in partnership with UNESCO and in collaboration with JICA - Japan International Cooperation Agency and Disability Equality Training Forum.

DET is a disability education that aims to promote understanding of disability from the Social Model perspective and facilitate proactive actions to break disabling barriers in our society. It works by challenging attitudes amongst both those with and without a disability, increasing understanding of disability issues, and highlighting what daily life is like for somebody with a disability.

During the half-day sessions, the four trainers - Rana Kiwan, Rouba Ghaddar, Ihsan Hatab, and Mohammad Al-Naccash - who attended a 3 month DET facilitating training to become accredited DET trainers, facilitated a participatory discussion among the participants to discover a new perspective on disability, i.e., social model of disability, and develop proactive actions to change their organizations and communities to be more inclusive.

Preconceptions of disability, disability discrimination, social exclusion, dealing with persons with disabilities as well as the right terminologies are some of the topics discussed while inviting the 18 participants who come from different backgrounds to think altogether of solutions.

As an event closure, the trainers received their DET facilitating certificates as a surprise.

Some of the participants’ feedback:

Very inspiring and opened our eyes to certain problems people with disabilities face / looking forward for similar trainings!!
Intéressant, bien rythmé entre partages, témoignages, vidéo, etc. / Très interactif, vivant, ambiance sympa
Great training and I liked how we did discussions and group works to deliver and expand on ideas.
It was very enlightening learning about this topic from the perspective of people who experience these disabilities themselves. Thank you for this valuable workshop. The trainers were warm and knowledgeable and very friendly. I learnt a lot today.
Good luck for Rana, Ihsan, Rouba and Mohammad in being trainers and advocacy actors on disability inclusion at a national and international level
محتوى واضح وهادف / المدربين على قدر عالً من الحرفية (الاحترافية؟) / التدريب مفيد ومهم جدًا لإكتساب المعرفة حوا مساواة الاعاقة وطرق التفاعل بين افراد المجتمع
حوار منفتح واقعي تميّز بتنوّع المشاركي
خطوة رائعة نحو رفع الوعي لدى المجتمعات حول كيفية التعامل مع ذوي الاعاقة وتحدياتهم وتصويب دور المجتمع المحيط بذوي الاعاقة