Understanding Trauma

Trauma-informed practises takes the person’s history into account and allows us to work with people in a respectful, meaningful, and dignified way.

Understanding that people with disability have numerous challenges outside of their disability, such as abuse, discrimination, and violence, enables people to understand why some behaviours may be present when supporting people.


  • When working with people with disability, we show acceptance and facilitate opportunities; this is a person-centred approach.
  • It’s inappropriate to treat people with disability like they are a burden, but equally inappropriate to treat people like an inspiration.
  • Some behaviours we may observe can be from difficulties with communication, not bad behaviour.