Disability Equality Training & Consultation

BOP delivers a wide range of training and consultancy services within the UK and internationally. As a sector leader we can help make your employees and organisation feel more confident and give you the skills to make positive change.

Why Us?

Our creative training has been developed by a disabled-led team who have many years of experience delivering within this field & provide training that is informative and engaging. 

Training is underpinned by extensive knowledge of equality and access within the arts sector as well as the core issues that impact on our understanding of how we view disability and think about equality within society.

The BOP team have trained over 1000 participants in Scotland since 2017 and have been employed by companies such as the V&A Dundee, National Theatre of Scotland and since 2017 BOP have been the official trainers for The Edinburgh Fringe Society. We also have experience in non-arts settings such as BT Murraryfield and Marriott Hotels. Internationally we have recently worked as consultants in Mexico, Brazil, Nepal and Rwanda

BOP can provide you with a tailor made package of training and consultation, that can be provided on or offline. 

Why Do It?

Training is designed so that participants leave feeling more comfortable and confident in their interactions with disabled people. The knowledge, skills & tools they gain during the session will apply across all areas of their work & motivate them to make a change.

What’s On Offer?

Our training and consultancy is tailored to address different areas of activity, staff concerns and outcomes. From customer care and event management through to the boardroom and governance, we can guide you through training that builds confidence and the knowledge to inform action. 

Training and consultancy options on offer include: 

  • Disability Equality Training (DET), suitable for: Customer facing roles; Board; SMT; Technical 
  • Accessible practices for online working
  • Tools and Procedures (TAP): Access Statements / Access Requirements Forms) – what they are and how to use them
  • Access Audits (print, websites, venues and buildings)
  • Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Planning & Policies 
  • Bespoke consultation services

If you have a specific area of interest that is not on this list, get in touch and we will see what we can do

What do the DET and TAP packages contain?

All BOP training contains elements of our core DET. 

DET is disability-led and looks at disability from a cultural context. This helps participants to connect to the content and ground their learning in real life examples & practices. DET is different from disability awareness training which focuses on impairments and impairment specific advice, whereas DET still gives practical advice but also gives participants a broader perspective & knowledge. This helps participants to make informed decisions moving forward after the training. 

Our DET package covers topics including:

  • Cultural representation – How disability is viewed and it’s impact
  • Models of disability and how they are used
  • Legislation & Activism – Where we’ve been and how we got here.
  • Individualism & Statistics
  • Language 
  • Mitigating Barriers

Our TAP package covers topics including:

  • Access Requirements Forms – what are they and how to use them
  • Access Statements – what are they and how to use them
  • Planning for Access – a walk though of things to consider when planning accessible activities

How long & how much?

The shape of each training session can be adapted to fit with your requirements but in general, our standard DET sessions are most beneficial if completed in half day sessions (3-4 hours). For in-person delivery we would do this all in one go, but for online delivery we can split this across two sessions, to mitigate against Zoom fatigue.

We can and have delivered training in 2 or 2.5 hour sessions, but in these circumstances some of the details have to be dropped.

Every training session is delivered by both a disabled and non-disabled trainer.

Costs can vary depending on how bespoke a session is, and how much preparation is required but a rough baseline of costs is

In person
Disability Equality Training (DET)3.5 hours£900
In person
Tools and Procedures (TAP)3.5 hours£900
In person
DET & TAP package2 x 3.5 hours£1700
DET & TAP package2 x 2.5 hours£900
In person & online
How to make performance accessible1 hour£500

To make an enquiry, email

Testimonials & Past Participants

“A wee note to say a cracking w/shop – very few occasions I can sit for 3 hours absorbed and interested – very useful and good learning – thank you for organising.”

“Surpassed my expectations. Was able to ask the “rookie” questions that I was afraid I’d have to ask. The atmosphere and openness was truly conducive to productive learning. Excellent value for money.”

“The most successful thing was that I felt challenged by some of the exercises and kept thinking after the training was finished. It felt to me that the training really ‘got through’ to me. I also felt inspired and wanted to pass on what I’d learned.”

“The training overall was really good. Really well delivered, presenters in particular were very engaging. Session was delivered with good humour and individuals expertise and knowledge really came across.”

Organisations who have engaged us for some form of training or consultancy include:

Ann Lantair
Beacon Arts Centre
Bedlam Theatre
Big Lottery Community Fund
British Council
BT Murrayfield Stadium
Central School of Speech and Drama
Creative Edinburgh
Culture Republic, and its members
Curious Seed
Cutting Edge Theatre
Dance Base
East Lothian Youth Theatre
Edinburgh Festival City Theatres Trust
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Edinburgh International Festival
engage Scotland
Federation of Scottish Theatre, and its members
Fèis Rois
Glasgow Creative Arts Network (GCAN)
Glasgow Warriors Rugby Team
Magnetic North
Marriot Hotels
Mischief La Bas
National Theatre of Scotland
Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens
Parents in Performing Arts (PiPA)
Renfrewshire Leisure
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Scotland + Venice
The Fruitmarket Gallery
The Touring Network, and its members
Traverse Theatre
Tron Theatre
V&A Dundee
West Yorkshire Playhouse
Wigtown Book Festival