Course CodeBPS226
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Study Disability Support

This intensive, 100 hour, course, is studied online or by e-learning. You can start at any time to suit you and work at your own pace.

The course provides a detailed and thorough look at effective support of people with disabilities. 

Course Content

Ten lessons as follows:

Lesson 1.  Nature and Scope of Disability Support

  • Introduction
  • Models of disability
  • Medical model
  • Social model
  • Definitions of disability
  • Key terminology
  • Human rights
  • Underpinning human rights values - fairness, respect, equality, dignity, autonomy
  • Diversity in the social context
  • What equality means for those with disabilities
  • Inclusivity and disabilities
  • What influences inclusion
  • Socio economic influences
  • Life skills development

Lesson 2. Nature of Physical Disabilities

  • Introduction
  • Sensory disabilities
  • Sight 
  • Deaf/blindness
  • Physical Mobility Disabilities
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Amputees, Paraplegia, Hemiplegia and Quadriplegia
  • Chronic pain and Arthritis
  • Osteo conditions
  • Neurological disorders - Parkinson's disease, Multiple sclerosis
  • Speech disorders
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Providing individualised support

Lesson 3.  Nature of Learning Differences

  • What is a learning difference
  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Dysphasia
  • Developmental language disorder
  • Auditory processing disorder
  • Visual perceptual motor disorder
  • Non verbal learning disorder
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Intellectual disability
  • How learning differences are identified and diagnosed
  • Importance of early diagnosis/screening
  • Who diagnoses
  • When do diagnoses occur
  • Who authorises in school and/or assessment judgements
  • Provide individualised support
  • Common whole school procedural/policy adjustments
  • Common class adjustments
  • Aspects to include
  • Common assessment adjustments
  • Role of home schooling and distance education

Lesson 4

  • Inclusive Learning Experiences and Environments
  • Role of teachers and trainers
  • Special Education Needs Coordinators
  • The physical environment
  • Alternative technologies

Lesson 5. Inclusivity in the Workplace

  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Inclusivity models for the workplace
  • Respect
  • Sense of belonging
  • Empowerment
  • Fair chance for career progression
  • Physical factors to ensure inclusivity 
  • Catering for visual disabilities
  • Wheelchair access
  • Catering to intellectual disabilities
  • Catering for por balance, coordination or fine motor control
  • Catering for hearing difficulties
  • Support with manual tasks
  • Adaptations in tools and equipment
  • Physical support
  • Understanding ergonomics
  • Protective gear
  • Hand protection
  • Eye protection
  • Machine guards
  • Floors and walkways
  • Recruitment
  • Equity and fair pay

Lesson 6.  Independent Living and In Home Support

  • Introduction
  • Safety factors
  • Nutrition
  • Important factors in nutrition - ingredients, variety. compatibilty, cooking methods, additional requirements.
  • Eating
  • Meal preparation
  • Cleaning and home care
  • People who help - communication, daily activities
  • Overnight care sleeping difficulties
  • Domestic services
  • Transport
  • Pet care or assistance pets
  • Financial management

Lesson 7.  Health Care and Inclusivity

  • What is a need
  • Person centred service responses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Complimentary Health Services
  • Doctors, nurses and allied health professionals
  • Psychologists and counsellors
  • Supporting diabled people through grief and loss
  • Support through health changes and deterioration
  • Aging
  • Physical changes
  • Support through debilitating or terminal illness diagnosis
  • Depression
  • Safeguarding vulnerable adults
  • Physical aids for wellbeing

Lesson 8.  Sport, Leisure and Travel

  • Introduction
  • Barriers - physical, informational, logistical, psychological
  • Effects of inactivity
  • Exercise and age
  • What happens during and after exercise
  • Breathing
  • Hydration
  • Participation
  • Models of Inclusivity in Sport and Activities - TREE model
  • Sports and leisure clubs
  • Being active in the home
  • Health

Lesson 9.  Relationships and Community Participation

  • Prejudice
  • Autism and relationships
  • Friendships
  • Maintaining existing friendships
  • Family
  • Colleagues
  • Participation and social inclusion in the wider community
  • Getting about - transport
  • Romantic relationships
  • Online community - grooming, social media assistance

Lesson 10.  Working in Disability Care and Support

  • Social care funding
  • Employment
  • Managing risk and compliance
  • Ethics
  • Supply, installation and maintenance of aids/equipment 

Course Aims

  • Investigate diversity and describe different ways that inclusivity serves for equality of opportunity. 

  • Examine physical support needs and strategies for empowerment. 

  • Examine learning support needs for people with learning differences and strategies for empowerment. 

  • Create Inclusive Learning Experiences and Environments

  • Explain how to create inclusivity in workplaces. 

  • Determine strategies for independence for disabled people in their homes.  

  • Describe how health care services respond to the needs of disabled people

  • Describe how leisure and sporting venues and facilities or transportation cater for the needs of disabled people.

  • Examine social including and community participation for the overall wellbeing of disabled people. 

  • Analyse workplace requirements for safe, ethical, and professional practice in care and support roles. 

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Please note that if you choose the 'e-learning' (course on USB) method, be aware that due to current covid-19 restrictions there are some countries we can not send USB sticks to.

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