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With many insurers now not insuring instructors or dance teachers to teach disability specific classes unless having a L3 /4 disability and exercise qualification or an endorsed CPD training, now is the perfect time to attend Ability Not Disability. 





Endorsed by EMDUK  - The National governing body of Group Exercise, Ability Not Disability meets all the requirements set out by ActiveIQ, and  gives you all the tools to deliver safe, effective and insurable classes, with no franchise or monthly fees.


"The course provides not only the tools but also the perspective to instructors to enable them to be more inclusive with SEND/ALN students in their classes. Sam is simply the best instructor! She has unending patience and understanding and is able to take complex information and break it down with clarity and ease. I cant recommend this course enough"

JEN      Fitness Instructor & Dance Teacher       

"The course is exactly what the dance teaching industry needs. I feel well equipped to implement the strategies taught today. I will be recommending this course to all my colleagues."

Carla         Dance studio owner and Teacher       

"Sam was an amazing trainer. I am absolutely delighted I attended this course. It was everything that I was looking for and more. This programme is a game changer, it has given me the confidence to do something I am extremely passionate about."

Shauna         Dance Teacher and DWTS professional dancer


CPD Training

Ability Not Disability CPD Training is a blended learning course giving attendees skills, tools and knowledge to effectively deliver safe and insurable classes to individuals with Additional Learning Needs and disabilities/ SEND.

Delivered by Sam Nicholson,  national award winning community fitness & dance instructor, an education professional and UK Disability fitness expert, the course provides a great mix of both theoretical knowledge and practical sessions to provide professionals with the transferable skills needed to deliver safe sessions to the ALN / SEND community. 

This course is open to L2+ Fitness Instructors, qualified dance teachers and gymnastic coaches. 

What's covered?

Our course consists of pre course theory modules via an online platform followed by a one day zoom virtual training, looking at practical ideas to put the theory into practice.

During the course we cover the following topics: 

  • Movement safety and contraindications

  • Creating and adapting age appropriate content

  • Barriers to participation

  • Sensory processing, overloads and strategies

  • Communication strategies

  • Correct terminology

  • Developing and maintaining motor- skills

  • Crossing the Mid-line difficulties

  • Strategies for overloads and meltdowns

  • Behaviour Strategies

  • Teaching styles and learner types

  • Preparations and paperwork

  • Visual prompts and social stories

  • Engagement through rhythm

  • Sequencing

  • Balance and co-ordination strategies

  • Use of props and equipment

  • Benefits of stretching and adaptations


Is there an assessment or exam? 

There is no final exam but there is an assessed element,  where you will be asked to submit two 3-5 minute videos after the training, showcasing learning from the course in order to meet the criteria to pass. 

What are the costs? 


Our CPD Training costs £149 

There are no additional costs, monthly or franchise fees. 

When is the next course? 

Please click on the link below to find our next available

training dates. 

Can I access the EMD UK Open Bursary for this course? 

If you live in England and have one of the following qualifications, you may be eligible to receive an open bursary to attend funded by Sport England and EMD UK

  • Level 2 Fitness Instructing

  • Level 2 Group Training to Music

  • Level 2 Group Training

  • Level 2 (DFQ) Exercise, Movement and Dance

  • Level 3 Personal Trainer

  • Level 3 Yoga

  • Level 3 Pilates qualification.

This will give you 50% reimbursement back after attending the course. For more information on whether you are eligible please check out EMD UK

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