This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to facilitate the empowerment of people with disability to deliver rights based services using a person-centred approach. It should be carried out in conjunction with individualised plans.

This unit applies to workers in varied disability contexts.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - facilitated access to a wide variety of choices that will assist 2 people with disability to reach their personal goals, using: oral communication skills to maintain positive and respectful relationships with the person with disability; appropriate non-verbal communication strategies.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - history and recent developments in disability; - social constructs of disability and the impact of own attitudes on working with people with disabilities; - how and when to seek support from more experienced and qualified staff; - types of disability; - support practices for people; - legal and ethical considerations for working with people with disability; - principles of: empowerment; rights-based approaches; person-centred practices; self-advocacy; active support; active listening; social justice, and the importance of knowing and respecting each person as an individual; strengths-based approaches; - strategies that assist people with disabilities to exercise their rights and support independent action and thinking, including use of technology (e.g. laptops or tablets) to facilitate choice; - how to access and use advocacy services and complaint mechanisms, and; - indicators of abuse and/or neglect in relation to people with disabilities.

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