Working and Dealing with Persons with Invisible Disabilities: Opportunities for Understanding and Respect

LDAS is offering workshops on disability awareness/sensitivity training to employers. If you are interested in providing a more inclusive environment for staff, please call 306- 652-4114, Ext 4.

Facilitator: Cass Phillips, BA, MA, PhD, Employability Coach & Behaviour Consultant

Sensitivity training provides organizations, employers and co-workers with an understanding of how to understand and appreciate the differences in other people. It not only educates participants on invisible disabilities, but also asks them to put themselves into that person’s place in hopes that they will be able to better relate to the person with a disability, either as a co-worker or as a customer/client in their place of employment.

An invisible disability is a disability that may not be physically obvious to the observer. Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Brain Injury, Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder are examples of invisible disabilities. Stigma, cultural differences, fear, and lack of knowledge about invisible disabilities can often lead to challenges in the workplace because of unpredictable or socially inappropriate behaviour. The goal of the workshop is to

  • Define disability and invisible disabilities.
  • Describe some of the behaviours associated with invisible disabilities.
  • Discuss stigma, cultural differences, fear and lack of knowledge about invisible disabilities.
  • Provide tips on how to deal with invisible disabilities in the workplace, including socially inappropriate behaviour using role play and scenarios.

Quotes from past participants:

  1. Engaging instructor!
  2. I don’t have any experience dealing with people with disabilities so this workshop was exceptional.
  3. I loved the open discussion.
  4. Cass was amazing; she is knowledgeable and excellent at putting people at their ease.
  5. Eye opening videos.