Den Barry

Den was born in London but has spent most of his life living and working on the south coast. He has a BA Hons degree in history and a post-graduate professional diploma in social housing management. He is a Trustee on the board of Toucan Diversity.

Den was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, a lifelong chronic condition, in his early 20s. In late 2011, whilst receiving treatment for early-stage diabetic retinopathy, he suffered a series of catastrophic bleeds in both of his eyes. Following numerous surgeries Den’s sight was partially saved yet he was left visually impaired and registered disabled as a result.

Den has often experienced periods of low mood and anxiety throughout his adult life and has been diagnosed with moderate to severe depression on a number of occasions, particularly when dealing with his sight loss.

Den is a passionate advocate for equality in all areas of society and, following the completion of an education and training college course in 2018, Den is now delivering training for Toucan Diversity on the subject of Invisible Disabilities. He has recently completed a TQUK level 3 course in Education and Training. His accreditation was funded by The Partnership Foundation.

Training Aims:
To clearly define what constitutes an invisible disability and use statistics to compare their frequency to seen disabilities.
To discuss – using personal life experience – how invisible disabilities can impact upon an individual‘s life and that of their family, friends and colleagues.
To explore how becoming disabled in later life differs from being disabled from birth or early years.
To support learners in becoming better enabled to support people with invisible disabilities.

Training Outcomes:

To establish a better understanding of what constitutes an invisible disability.
A raised awareness of how the lives of those with invisible disabilities are impacted.
A raised awareness of how becoming disabled later in life can affect a person’s life.
To better enable attendees in supporting a family member, friend or colleague who has an invisible disability.

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