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Disability care courses

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Introduction to Disability care

Disability care is not always easy, but its impact is incredibly profound. A successful disability worker has great patience, determination, and empathy—do you have what it takes to make a difference? Begin a rewarding career by studying a disability course, online through Open Universities Australia.

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Areas you'll explore in a disability course

  • Special needs care: Manage and improve the behaviour of those with complex or challenging needs.
  • Special needs education: Support learning and development, design tailored learning plans to cater to individual needs.
  • Disability and the law: Develop policies and procedures to ensure that disability care is effective and ethical.
  • Social inclusion: Work on strategies for integrating people with disabilities into the community.

Career paths to take

With increased funding for Australians with disabilities under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the demand for disability care professionals is growing. Careers that graduates often pursue include:

  • Disability support work - For example, personal care, domestic support or transportation.
  • Job facilitation - Prepare people with disabilities for the workforce.
  • Specialist support - For example, physiotherapy, speech therapy or occupational therapy (requires specialist study).
  • Disability organisation work - Play a role within a disability-based organisation.
  • Disability policy work - Examine and amend the law to ensure a better future for people with disabilities.

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