Course Profile

Course Profile: Disability Awareness (1-2 Days)
Lack  of understanding of the issues faced by people with disabilities/sensory impairment can result in poor support & patronising and disempowering care that could be regarded as abuse. This course to equip learners with basic knowledge and skills so as to work in a sensitive and respectful manner.
The course is informed by The Code of Practice for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England, The Equality Act, the DLF and the Care Act 2014. The course supports The Social Care Commitment.
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF:  Core 6.1, HWB4.2,
Care cert: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
QCF: PD OP3.1, HSC026, 2031, SHC023, SS OP 2.1, 2.3

The course is designed for Health & Support workers in a variety of roles and in diverse settings working with people with Disabilities.
The course will help organisations to meet the CQC fundamental standards.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • What is meant by a Disability and an Impairment; different views
  • The range of Disabilities and Impairments; Physical and Sensory
  • How people with Disabilities used to be treated
  • Changes in the Law and practice since those times incl. The Equality Act, The Care Act
  • The Social Model of Disability
  • How a Disability/Impairment could impact on the individual and inhibit their potential
  • The needs of people with Disabilities. Are they different to other people? If so, how?
  • How the world could be a hostile place for the person:
                Discrimination, Marginalisation, Assumptions, Stereotyping, Infantilisation etc.
  • How the physical environment can add to the marginalisation of people with Disabilities
  • The ‘Infantilisation’ of people incl: Education, Sexuality and Personal Relationships, Socially etc
  • The myths
  • What is meant by Person Centred support
  • The implications for workers
  • The impact of Personalisation
  • What tends to get in the way of independent living –incl. Resources, Financial, Family
  • Risk and how it is used at times to disempower people
  • What is meant by Advocacy and Self-Advocacy
  • Help, advice and services available
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Large Group Work, Demonstration, Practical sessions, Handouts, Chalk & Talk, Small Group Work, Practice studies