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CSCD5069: Functional Communication in Disability

2024 unit information

Students will acquire knowledge of theoretical and practical issues related to working with individuals with lifelong disability. Students will learn how lifelong disability impacts communication needs and how to support communication accessibility including the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems. This unit prepares students to work in collaborative teams and to apply evidence- based, person, family or community-centred practices to assessment and their planned intervention or service response.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Communication Sciences

Code CSCD5069
Academic unit Communication Sciences
Credit points 6
CSCD5064 and CSCD5065 and CSCD5066 and CSCD5067
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Describe the features of different disabling conditions with reference to the International Classification of Function, Disability and Health (ICF and ICF-CY) model, and participation barriers including likely communication implications
  • LO2. Apply a range of conceptual, organisational, and legal frameworks, standards, policies and protocols (including the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, the ICF, NDIS) in speech pathology case-based scenarios involving people with disabilities.
  • LO3. Select appropriate assessment tools, with appropriate cultural considerations; analyse and interpret assessment data regarding the communication skills (including intentionality) of a person with lifelong disability
  • LO4. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the speech pathologist, including scope of practice in working with people with disability, and those of the interprofessional team
  • LO5. Create culturally sensitive and appropriate goals with appropriate outcome measures for people with disabilities, their supports, communities and/or services, that consider the needs of individuals and their communities, and of role of SLP within interprofessional collaborations
  • LO6. Demonstrate an understanding of current funding systems, professional bodies, organisations and support groups appropriate for people with a range of developmental disabilities
  • LO7. Recommend, prioritise and utilise evidence based interventions and supports for people with lifelong disabilities, including both individual and service based recommendations, demonstrating your understanding of collaborating with individuals, their supports, and the community
  • LO8. Demonstrate the capacity to engage in learning with colleagues, and to work in teams to achieve an outcome
  • LO9. Design and create culturally appropriate, evidence-based, high and/or low tech AAC system/s for persons with lifelong disability with reference to the participation model and with consideration of funding issues
  • LO10. Demonstrate reflective skills to guide your future professional and personal development and practice

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Cumberland, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Modes of attendance (MoA)

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