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|Principal Applicant:||Kirsti Inglis (Developmental Disabilities Association)|
|Co-Applicant:||Deanne Ziebart (Developmental Disabilities Association)|
For more information about this project, or to obtain a copy of the video, please contact Deanne Ziebart.
*In partnership with the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
As more individuals with developmental disabilities enter the workforce there is a growing need for accessible safety training tools. Persons with developmental disabilities learn best through dynamic training approaches that include plain, jargon free language, visual demonstrations, practical ‘hands on’ learning and repetition. A review of current training materials revealed that there are limited training tools and videos available that meet these unique learning needs. To address this gap, this project developed a safety course for individuals with developmental disabilities working in entry level warehouse positions.
The project team developed a training curriculum, accompanying video and assessment tools, covering six key learning areas:
The course was pilot tested with 36 individuals with developmental disabilities employed in entry level warehouse positions, in groups of 10-12 participants at a time. The course was evaluated through three assessment tools: a pictorial quiz completed by participants before and after the course, a participant satisfaction survey, and workplace supervisor ratings of employees’ pre- and post- course workplace safety skill levels.
The pilot test results demonstrate that the project was successful in creating an accessible training tool for entry level warehouse employees with developmental disabilities. The participant satisfaction surveys indicate that employees enjoyed the training and found it to be accessible, while ratings by supervisors suggest that workers were transferring learning to the workplace. The results of the participant quiz (high scores both before and after training) suggest the quiz was too easy and needs to be refined, and that many trainees had existing knowledge from working and previous orientations.
The project team plans to refine the training tools so they can be shared with a wider audience. Refinements will include adjusting the participant pictorial quiz so that it is a better assessment of learning from the course.
Warehouse Safety (DVD of the video for the course)