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Disability Awareness Training with Thomas Banks

The Centre for Access, together with Accessible Arts, is offering a two-hour disability awareness training session. The session will be led by Thomas Banks from the Centre for Access.

Can I book now?

Yes, if you would like to book for the session on Wednesday 11 July, please visit here.

What’s the Centre for Access?

Established in February 2015, the Centre for Access was created to address and break down some of the barriers which still exist in our society. It is a professional training and development business focused around access and inclusion. The Centre delivers training programs around disability, communication, access, and unconscious bias. Services are delivered to a broad range of audiences.

Who is Thomas Banks?

Thomas Banks, who lives with mild Cerebral Palsy, founded the Centre for Access. He has a creative background as a professional actor, writer and comedian. Thomas has offered training sessions to an extensive list of clients including Arts Access Victoria, Melbourne Theatre Company, Jetstar and the Queensland University of Technology.

What’s special about this training?

According to Thomas, the training that he provides is different. It’s not like traditional training where participants sit and take notes. Thomas brings his larger-than-life personality to the fore and encourages people to engage with him. He gets people out of their seats so they can actively learn and take something away from the experience.

What will Thomas Banks cover in this training?

This training session will zero in on access and communication. More specifically, the following questions – among others – will be addressed:

  • What does access mean?
  • What are the different types of access?
  • How can we facilitate effective communication?
  • What should someone do when they can’t understand someone with disability?

Thomas will also lead participants through an activity focusing on unconscious bias around disability.

Who is this training for?

This training session will support participants to address access and communication. It will benefit people who engage with people with disability. This could include CEOs of organisations, support workers, arts workers and access and inclusion staff from government.

What about Access?

You can let us know your access needs when you book and we will do our best to accommodate you. If we need to discuss anything, we will contact you.

What are the details?

This training will take place on Wednesday 11 July from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on the ground floor of The Arts Exchange, 10 Hickson Road, the Rocks, Sydney. Tickets are between $90 and $100.

How do I book?

You can visit Eventbrite right here.


This page was first published on 18 May 2018.

When: 11/07/2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: The Arts Exchange
Ground Floor
10 Hickson Road, The Rocks
Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9251 6499
Email: info@aarts.net.au
Access information:
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