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Paulien Bruijn giving an online training. Sitting behind computer screen with headset on.

As a consultant I am delivering training and advice on disability inclusion. I have worked on the following assignments the last years:

Disability Inclusive Development (general) :

  • Hosting a series of Power of Disability Inclusion sessions for Strategic Partners of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development. 2022
  • Workshop on disability inclusion & working from a rights-based approach for the We Are Able! Consortium. ZOA. 2022
  • Induction training for new staff members about disability inclusion and rights-based approach. See You Foundation. 2021/2022
  • Development of a Quick Guide on Disability Inclusive Education. DCDD. 2021
  • Online Training about Disability Inclusion in the EU Intervention Cycle. EU INTPA/ Ecorys. 2021
  • Online Training on Inclusive and Accessible communication for EU DEVCO staff. Bridging the Gap Programme. 2020
  • Disability Inclusion Workshop for Leprosy Mission Netherlands. Apeldoorn. 2020

Disability Inclusive Livelihood/economic empowerment:

  • Development of a of Disability Inclusive Village Savings and Loan Associations manual for CARE Ethiopia, as part of the Bridging the Gap Programme. Austrian Development Agency. 2020/2021
  • Design of a TOT training for Disability Inclusion Facilitators about inclusion in BRAC vocational training centers, as part of the Inclusive Futures Programme of Sightsavers in Bangladesh. Light for the World. 2020

Disability Inclusive Humanitarian Action:

  • Development of Quick Guide on Disability Inclusive Humanitarian action. DCDD. 2021
  • Online training of Dutch Relief Alliance partners on disability inclusion in humanitarian action in Lebanon.  Dorcas Aid International 2021
  • Facilitation of an online international learning and sharing session for Dutch Relief Alliance on Disability Inclusive Humanitarian Action. DCDD/ Stichting Vluchteling. 2021
  • Online training of Dutch Relief Alliance partners on disability inclusion in humanitarian action in South Sudan – Light for the World 2020
  • Online training of Dutch Relief Alliance partners on disability inclusion in humanitarian action in Nigeria – Save the Children Netherlands 2020
  • Development of Online Training on Disability Inclusive COVID-19 Response for Light for the World Mozambique. 2020

Inclusive Health/SRHR:

  • Development of a publication on disability inclusive health based on experience in the Every Life Matters Programme. SeeYou Foundation. 2021/2022
  • Preparation and co-facilitation of a workshop about becoming an NTD-inclusive organisation at the NTD NGO Network conference. NLR/TLM International. 2021
  • Online Introductory Training on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities for the Gender Based Violence Workstream, as part of the ACCESS programme. Light for the World Cambodia. 2021
  • Desk study on Disability Inclusive Universal Health Coverage for SIDA on behalf of Royal Tropical Institute. 2020
  • Co-facilitation of Online Training for Plan International Programme Partners in Myanmar about disability inclusion as part of the My Body My Future Programme. Light for the World Cambodia. 2020

Training of Trainers and Self Advocates:

  • Preparation and facilitation of on Online Training for Disability Inclusion Trainers of the Disability Action Council in Cambodia. Light for the World Cambodia. 2021
  • Online workshop: How to organize interactive and successful online trainings and meetings. See You Foundation. 2021.
  • Online TOT training for Disability Inclusive Community Development for Light for the World International. 2020
  • Online Refresher Training for Disability Inclusion Facilitators in South Sudan. Light for the World. 2020

(Disability) inclusion and rights in the Netherlands:

  • Training for self-advocates with Alzheimer. Stichting Alzheimer Nederland. 2022
  • Diversity and inclusion workshop for boardmembers. The West Wing, Youth Think Tank Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 2022
  • E-learning Programme for Dutch Self Advocates on the rights of persons with disabilities.Niets Over Ons Zonder Ons Programma. 2021.
  • Organisation of a series of online thematic sessions about disability rights and inclusion. Niets over ons zonder ons Programme. 2021/2022
  • Design and facilitiation of intervision sessions for Dutch Disability Rights Advocates in the  Netherlands. “Niets over ons zonder ons” Programme. 2021/2022
  • Online Masterclass for Self-Advocates about the social model. Niets Over Ons Zonder Ons Programme. 2021
  • Training of self-advocates to promote the rights of people with disabilities at municipality level. Niets over ons zonder ons” Programme coordinated by Ieder(in). Amersfoort & Breda/ Online training. 2019/2020/2021
  • Facilitation of a learning and exchange workshop for Dutch Municipalities on SDGs and the Local Inclusion Agenda. VNG International. 2021.
  • Masterclass Disability Awareness for Dutch Municipalities, during regional meeting organised by VNG/Iederin. Hoofddorp. 2019


Type of assignment: Online training on Inclusive and Accessible Communication 
Designed for: DG DEVCO and EU Delegations staff (European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development)
Commissioned by: Bridging the Gap
Date: May 2020

Paulien Bruijn sitting behind two computer screens while facilitating an online training from her living room

The EU funded project Bridging the Gap approached me to deliver a training for DG DEVCO in Brussels, but unfortunately COVID-19 came in between. Realising that it would take a while before physical meetings would be possible again, we decided to go for an online training instead. I reworked the origional two-day training into four online sessions of two hours. We spread the four sessions over two weeks, so the participants would have time between the sessions for homework and self study.

The following topics were covered:

Session 1: Basics of Disability Inclusion
Session 2: How to communicate with people with different impairments?
Session 3: Accessible & rightsbased communication (including digital accessibility)
Session 4: Organising accessible events & meetings

I have always been a bit sceptical about online trainings, because in webinars there is often little room for interaction. So I decided to make it as lively as possible with videos, group work, quizzes and by involving guest speaker Iris Wijnen from deafbyiris. In total 11 participants from all over the world joined the online training which was held in Zoom. The kids, pets and spouses that were walking around in the participants’ rooms added a very special flavour to this training. Despite all these understandable districations, the participants were so dedicated and engaged in the training sessions, that really impressed me! So at the end it was difficult to say good-bye to this lovely group of people!

group picture in zoom online meeting

“The training was very interactive, with quizzes and discussion rooms that made the sessions lively and participative. We looked at many different aspects of inclusive and accessible communication and everyone felt that they had learned some key tools for being more inclusive in their work or in their everyday life” Liane Riordan, Web editor at the Communication Unit of DG DEVCO

Check the website of Bridging the Gap for more info on this training.