Welcome to the Accessible Outdoor Learning Special Interest Group (AOL-SIG)
Mission Statement: To promote and disseminate best practice in working with people with disabilities in the outdoors
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AOL-SIG members looking at best practice in rope ascending with
physically disabled participants
A demonstration of different techniques used when abseiling with wheelchair users
If you are an individual or organisation working with, or aspiring to work with people with disabilities in the outdoors using established best practice then the AOL – SIG can provide a forum that seeks to:
- Network between members
- Promote best practice
- Liaise with other bodies
- Provide training opportunities
- Advise on best practice
If you are interested in joining the AOL-SIG then please contact Louise at iOL. Membership is open to current IOL Members at a small supplement to membership. Membership fees for IOL members are £15 per annum for individuals and £30 per annum for organisations.
Saturday 8th December – AOL-SIG Members Conference & AGM
Lake District Calvert Trust, Keswick, Cumbria
Cost: £10.00 for IOL AOL SIG Members, £20 IOL (Non AOL SIG) Members
This one day conference will be held in collaboration with Adventure for All (AfA) at The Lake District Calvert Trust, Keswick, Cumbria and will provide an opportunity to discuss current issues, review the latest adaptive equipment and look at facilities and practices available at a specialist centre for disabled people.
The annual meeting of AOL SIG members will shortly be with us so please make sure that the date is in your diaries and you book your place on the day. This is a great opportunity to meet other members of the AOL SIG and discuss areas of common interest as well as to shape the future of the SIG. As per last years meeting the day will be run in collaboration with Adventure for All (AfA) so once again there will be a great opportunity to network and learn from each other.
The day is shaping up as follows:
- Networking and the IOL Forum
- Disability Awareness Training
- A practical demonstration of the new Mountain Trike
- Adapted equipment developments from Equal Adventure
- Developments with NGB's
- and of course, the AGM
To book your place please email Fiona at the IOL office
or contact IOL on 01228 564580 or book/pay online HERE
If required accommodation can be provided the night before the meeting please contact the Calvert Trust direct by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 017687 71927
On the day before the IOL AOL SIG event at Calvert Trust on December 8th Calvert are also hosting:
- 6th December 2012, 9.30 - 4pm at the QEII Centre, Southampton. SO31 1BH.
- This workshop will be for climbing instructors who want to learn more about working with people with disabilities (and worth one CPD point) or non climbing instructors who just want to learn.
- Climbing for All is an informative one day course designed to give you the initial skills to instruct disabled people in climbing. The course is split into half day theory and half day practical. Theory covers a number of subjects including Appropriate/Inappropriate Language, Types of Disability, Models of Disability. The practical covers climbing environments, side supported climbing, vertical hoists and wheelchair abseiling. No prior knowledge of disability is required. Course is AFA and AMI endorsed.
This is an MTA recognised course contributing 1 CPD point. Course attendees must be members of MTA to receive certificate and CPD point.
- Refreshments will be provided, but not lunch. There is no need to bring personal equipment, but if participants have developed specialist gear that may be of interest to others then we would be pleased to have the opportunity to share.
- IOL Members £45. Non IOL £60. Bookings are open now.
- HOW TO BOOK: by email, or phone 01228 564580 or online at this page IOL Events - CPD, Workshops, Courses.
On Saturday 3rd December a group of outdoor practitioners interested in providing outdoor learning for people with disabilities met at the Kepplewray Centre in Cumbria with the intention of sharing best practice and establishing a new IOL Special Interest Group. The event was run in collaboration with Adventure for All and the combined group of 30 IOL & AfA practitioners practically considered rope ascending and abseiling for physically disabled participants, reviewed new developments in specialist equipment, looked at the work being undertaken with the BMC & MLTA as well as discussing the effects of the recession on funding for people with disabilities. The day ended with a commitment from all involved to continue working together and the formation of a new SIG - Accessible Outdoor Learning.