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OCCP2090: Disability and Assistive Products

The impact of assistive products on participation and inclusion for people with a disability is expanding rapidly. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates more than 1 billion people currently benefit from assistive products, predicting sizable growth in this figure going forward. This unit focusses on generally available assistive products that may be encountered in a wide range of settings. Assistive products are designed to promote dignity, health and wellbeing by removing or reducing barriers to participation, inclusion and independence. Access to assistive products is an important aspect of an individuals environment, facilitating participation in everyday life situations such as education, work or leisure. This unit will explore generally available assistive products, and how they can support people with disability to lead productive and meaningful lives, enhancing economic and social contribution. This unit will adopt an interdisciplinary (e.g. allied health, engineering, design, education) approach using examples from people with disability in a wide range of economic and geographic contexts. Students will critically appraise generally available products to profile issues relating to: public product access and affordability, product quality and safety, inclusive design, fitness for purpose, user training, and maintenance issues.

Code OCCP2090
Academic unit Participation Sciences
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. Use in-person, online, verbal, written, structured and unstructured communication methods to convey your understanding of the role of assistive products in enhancing participation of people who experience disability across the lifespan.
  • LO2. Identify and critique features of assistive products that facilitate participation for people with lived experience of disability informed by scholarship and an evidence-base.
  • LO3. Identify and describe range of factors related to the selection and use of assistive products, considering body functions and structures, personal factors and preferences, contextual factors, product features, and implementation requirements.
  • LO4. Demonstrate critical thinking by framing questions, opportunities and issues that relate to the availability and use of assistive products in a variety of geographic and economic contexts.
  • LO5. Describe elements of product design which may contribute to the accessibility of mainstream, specialised and customised products for people with a range of abilities.
  • LO6. Apply frameworks to articulate your reasoning to identify and manage issues related to the ethical and safe use of assistive products.