ADVOCACY IN CONTEMPORARY DISABILITY PRACTICE
Credit points: 15
Choice and control by people with a disability over their own lives, is central to the new model of funding for disability support services introduced by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). In parallel, political participation and the inclusion of people with disability in shaping social systems is central to the United National Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). In this subject, students will explore the complexities that exercising choice and control poses for people with cognitive disability, and develop knowledge and skills in new approaches such as supported decision making. It will also explore the challenges and strategies for ensuring the collective voices of people with cognitive disabilities are heard about systemic issues. Finally this subject will support professionals to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to support people with disabilities and their families to navigate the NDIS and the uncertain interfaces between mainstream support and specialist disability support.
SchoolSchool Allied Health,Human Serv & Sport
Subject Co-ordinatorSian Anderson
Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo
Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters
Incompatible subjects DIS507
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Critically analyse the different levels at which people with disabilities, with and without cognitive impairment, might exercise choice and control over their life.
- Drawing on case studies from Australia and the UK, evaluate the extent to which people with cognitive disabilities have been included in the disability rights movement and the rationale and achievements of the self- advocacy movement. The obstacles/barriers experienced by people with disabilities will be considered.
02. Reflect on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and their impact on the lived experience of people with disabilities and their support network.
- Students to read online material and view digital stories of people#s experiences with access and support while considering how the NDIS and UNCPRD has impacted these experiences.
03. Interpret and transmit information about support for decision making frameworks for people with cognitive disabilities.
- Students to evaluate vignettes drawn from research demonstrating different experiences of decision making support for people with cognitive disabilities. Students to interpret the various theoretical approaches embedded in the vignettes and consider the impact of these on the exercise of the person#s rights to choice and control.
04. Demonstrate the ability to advocate for people with a disability and their families.
- Students to undertake online activities and then use this knowledge to evaluate a scenario involving a person with a disability requiring advocacy support in navigating services.
05. Critically evaluate specialist disability and mainstream service systems available to people with a disability.
- Students to undertake online activities and then use this knowledge to evaluate a scenario involving a person with a disability navigating a mainstream service. Students to submit a written response of the individual and systemic approaches to advocacy that might be adopted.
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Online, 2020, Semester 2, Online
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSian Anderson
Unscheduled Online Class
One 10.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
Three 1.0 hours supervisor consultation every three weeks on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
|Comparative Report (2,000-word equivalent)||Students to compare and contrast the individual and systemic challenges to exercising choice and control over their own lives experienced by people with disabilities with and without cognitive disabilities.||40||01|
|Reflective Piece (1,000-word equivalent)||Reflective piece on how the UNCRPD and NDIS has affected the lived experience of a person in a given situation.||15||02|
|Scenario Response (2,500-word equivalent)||Students to engage with a complex situation involving a person with a cognitive disability requiring advocacy support.||45||03, 04, 05|