Claire Collins owns and runs Positive Difference and has over 20 years experience working in a social care. She also has personal lived experience of disability personally and within her family giving a unique perspective as well as a professional one. With a wealth of knowledge of Person Centred Planning and Thinking, and personalisation she is able to develop training sessions specific to your organisation all of which are focused around Person Centred Approaches.
With training qualification as well as industry specific qualifications Claire is also a member of British Institute of Learning Disability, Sensory integration Network, and an active member of the National Autistic Society.
Claire developed a disabling neurological condition in 2011 (the dark glasses aren’t just a fashion accessory!) and now uses this knowledge of the challenges faced by people who have an impairment, disability or long term health condition in the delivery of Disability Equality Training. She is passionate about inclusion and making sure that businesses, goods, services and activities are aware of the easy adjustments they can make to ensure everyone can take part and lead a full and active life.
Claire also has 2 remarkable children who each have additional needs. It is often said that until you have lived with a child with Autism, you cannot understand Autism. The combination of having direct family experience and understanding issues from a family perspective, as well as the knowledge and experience from a professional prospective give a rich depth of knowledge to all aspects of work that no ‘off the shelf ‘ course can provide. It also become invaluable during advocacy because of the understanding of communication difficulties. Sometimes the difference in communication can be so slight they go unnoticed by most people and confusion and misunderstanding occurs.
We work with other trainers and advocates and always pick people for their qualities, not qualifications. We work with people with DIRECT experience of disability, impairment or additional needs, and working as a team use each other strengths to support any areas that we find difficult.
What Our Clients Say
‘Quality Training and Affordable Prices’
‘A Breath of Fresh Air’
‘Claire explains things in a way that really makes sense’
‘I really enjoyed the course today’