Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will apply skills and knowledge learnt across the course to disability practice. You will explore and critique the difference between impairment and disability, the prevalence and types of impairment, experience of living with a disability, contemporary debates around disability service delivery and theories of disability across social and medical models. Current approaches to disability policy will be reviewed comparing those of individualized support with broader supports such as anti-discrimination that focus on wider social change. The success with which policies have been implemented will be considered. You will apply evidence based approaches, utilizing theoretical learnings to find solutions to real-world case scenarios in disability practice and reviewing how current research can guide decision-making processes. Broad analysis of problems using multiple perspectives, will assist students to develop potential strategies for working at individual or community levels.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMaureen Long

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesYou will undertake a range of learning activities including workshops, quizzes and written works. These are collectively designed to achieve and assess your performance in alignment with the subject’s intended learning outcomes. You will receive timely feedback (formal and informal) about your performance on these activities.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Disability. The Basics.

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorShakespeare, T.



PublisherNew York: Routledge


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Critically discuss the lived experiences of people with a disability and their families
02. Critically assess the impact of legislation on how support would be provided to people with disabilities.
03. Critically evaluate the implications for disability care practices across the shifts to historical & contemporary disability-related policies.
04. Apply research evidence to disability practice.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Dandenong (Chisholm Institute), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMaureen Long

Class requirements

WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

1 x 500-word reective piece, to be submitted to Turnitin via LMS.

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO1

1 x 2,000-word essay, to be submitted to Turnitin via LMS.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo55 SILO3, SILO4

2 x 30-minute online quiz (1000word equivalency)Open book quiz.

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO2