Den Barry

Training area: invisible disability

Den is a passionate advocate for equality in all areas of society and delivers training on the subject of invisible disabilities.

He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, a lifelong chronic condition, in his early 20s. In late 2011, while being treated for early-stage diabetic retinopathy [damage to the retina], he had catastrophic bleeds in both eyes. His sight was partially saved by surgery but he was left visually impaired and is disabled as a result.

Den has experienced periods of low mood and anxiety throughout his adult life and has been diagnosed with moderate to severe depression several times, particularly when dealing with his sight loss.

Den’s story

Den was born in London but has spent most of his life living and working on the south coast.

He has a History degree (BA Hons) in history and a post-graduate professional diploma in social housing management. He is the Chair of Toucan Diversity.

He has a Level 3 Award in Education and Training.

His accreditation was funded by The Partnership Foundation, which is an urban regeneration charity serving Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham and Havant.

Training aims:

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

Training outcomes:

  • Establish a better understanding of what constitutes an invisible disability.
  • Raised awareness of how the lives of those with invisible disabilities are impacted.
  • Raised awareness of how becoming disabled later in life can affect a person’s life.
  • Better enable attendees to support a family member, friend or colleague who has an invisible disability.

Training Methods: 

  • PowerPoint
  • Video 
  • Quizes 
  • Group work and discussion

Course Duration: 1 hour 

Group size: maximum 20

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