Disability and the Law
Interrogate how international and Australian law protects and supports the rights of people with disabilities. You’ll use the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) to inform your studies.
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- 27 Jul 2020
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Note: This subject is a part of La Trobe University's Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Disability Practice, which will become available for application in Semester 2. Students who complete this subject in Semester 1 will be able to apply for credit towards these programs.
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Compare and contrast the role of various agencies in safeguarding the rights of people with cognitive disabilities;
- Critically evaluate evidence for how people with disabilities and their supporters experience the justice system;
- Interpret and transmit information about current anti-discrimination laws that support people with cognitive disabilities and their support network;
- Critically examine specific types of legislation in Australia that aim to enact the rights of people with disabilities embedded in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD);
- Make informed judgements to appeal, through the proper channels, the support provided for a person with cognitive disability.
- Disability Law
- The Justice System
- Preventing Abuse
- Embedded Multimedia
- Web links
- Audio-Video streaming
- Resources and Links
In order to enrol in this subject, students are required to apply to OUA's Postgraduate Single Subjects program (OUA-PSU-GCE). https://www.open.edu.au/degrees/postgraduate-single-subjects-oua-oua-psu-gce?year=2019 Note: Students wishing to apply for either the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Disability Practice based on the completion of postgraduate single subjects should familiarise themselves with La Trobe's advanced standing policy. A maximum of two (2) or four (4) subjects may be credited to the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma programs, respectively. https://www.latrobe.edu.au/students/getting-started/new-students/advanced-standing
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1 x 10 hours unscheduled online class per week from week 31 to week 43
3 x 1 hour scheduled online class every three weeks, from week 31 to week 43
People with disabilities encounter significant inequity and discrimination as they seek to exercise their rights as equal citizens to participate in society and access services and community facilities. In this subject, students will evaluate the effectiveness of the international and Australian legal frameworks aimed to establish, protect and support the exercise of rights for people with disabilities.The organising frame for the subject are the rights embedded in the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and the legal mechanisms for their enactment in Australia.
Agency Infographic - The infographic will demonstrate the different agencies and their comparison. Human Rights Essay - Select one group of people with disabilities and consider the effectiveness that one aspect of their human rights are protected or furthered by a selected piece of Australian legislation. NDIS Plan Appeal - Select a scenario and prepare an appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) to appeal for a change to a plan developed by the NDIS for a person with cognitive disability. Sections of the NDIS legislation used in the appeal are to be made explicit.
- Agency Infographic (equivalent to 1800-words) (20%)
- Human Rights Essay (2,000-word equivalent) (40%)
- NDIS Plan Appeal (2,000-word equivalent) (40%)
Textbook information is pending.