This unit of study is an introduction to disability, and provides an overview of the history of disability in Australia. The predicated lifespan and opportunities of individuals will be explored and the impact that a disability has on the individual young person, family and community. The students will be introduced to a range of topics including disabilities/impairments that are developmental, acquired, genetic or hereditary. This unit then introduces students to the empowerment models of Person Centred Planning and Active Support when working with young people with diverse abilities. The concepts of access and inclusion will be considered from a youth work perspective. The unit will ask the student to examine their own values and ethics working with young people with diverse abilities. This unit will also deliver a specific public speaking component to empower students to be able to advocate for marginalised young people and to assist them in developing an important skill set in this work.

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Online Self Paced
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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critique the history of disability in Australia;  
  2. Analyse how different models of disability have impacted the lives of young people with a disability;  
  3. Articulate the issues and barriers facing young people with disabilities in their daily lives;  
  4. Evaluate the impact of how personal values and attitudes impact on the life of a young person with diverse abilities.  
  5. Develop new skills in public speaking to collaboratively advocate for young people with all abilities.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Complete a quiz based on the History of Disability 20%
Report Written report on a Disability Access and Inclusion policy or plan (1500 words) 50%
Presentation Research and present on a disability or impairment and present your work to your peers 30%

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