People with Intellectual Disability (OCCP5248)


This unit aims to develop students` knowledge, skill and attitudes for working with people with intellectual disability, with a focus on children and adults, their participation and support needs. Students will study: the definition of intellectual disability; the abilities and support needs of people with intellectual disability; the service settings which people with intellectual disability use, their occupational roles in those settings, clinical communication with people with intellectual disability, individual planning, choice and self-determination, , positive support for challenging behaviourand families. There will be a detailed focus on `Active Support` as one important approach to supporting people with intellectual disability participate fully (with support) in domestic and community life. Students will learn how to use Active Support techniques when working directly with people with intellectual disability, as well as learning how to train and support carers and direct-care staff in the use of these techniques. Classroom teaching will be supported by a small-group fieldwork project conducted in disability service settings.

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1x3hr lecture/tutorial per week


Exam (45%), fieldwork project report (55%)

Faculty/department permission required?


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