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OCCP1102: Perspectives on disability and participation

People describe and explain disability using various ideological, theoretical and empirical approaches. These conceptual models can open up or shut down opportunities for people with disability to live with dignity and purpose and participate as full citizens in their communities. This unit explores psycho-socio-cultural assumptions that have influenced understandings of disability over time. Scientific and evidence-based approaches to the description and classification of individual health and public health as related to disability will be examined. The continued influence of ideological approaches to disability that are at odds with empirical or evidence-based approaches are explored. This unit will explore the World Health Organization International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health, and will consider the positive and negative impacts of a codified approach to the human experience of disability. We will explore how various approaches to disability and health influence: individual and community perceptions of disability; state and enterprise service initiatives; regulation and policy frameworks; individual opportunities for meaningful participation of people with disability as citizens.

Code OCCP1102
Academic unit Participation Sciences
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. Demonstrate a coherent understanding of contemporary approaches to disability from a health perspective
  • LO2. Demonstrate critical thinking by revealing questions, issues and problems that arise from different disability standpoints in health
  • LO3. Analyse attitudes and values that underlie different disability approaches in health and consider these in relation to your own identity, ethics and opportunities to influence
  • LO4. Identify how cultural competence can contribute to engaging productively, collaboratively and openly in disability with diverse groups and across cultural boundaries
  • LO5. Identify how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People‚Äôs culture, family and connection to Country influences disability, participation and health
  • LO6. Solve problems by applying knowledge of disability and health in a manner that is person-centred, sensitive to context, informed by scholarship and evidence-based
  • LO7. Use in-person, online, verbal, written, structured and unstructured communication methods to convey your disability expertise from a health perspective
  • LO8. Demonstrate skill in the preparation and execution of self-directed learning plans that deepen and broaden your knowledge, confidence and competence in disability from a health perspective