Consider what community participation means for people with disability. You’ll look at employment, education, using facilities and being active in clubs – considering how policy can support those with disability in enjoying these aspects of life.
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In order to enrol in this subject, students are required to apply to OUA's Postgraduate Single Subjects program (OUA-PSU-GCE).
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.
1 x 10 hours unscheduled online class per week from week 10 to week 22.
3 x 1 hour scheduled online class during semester, from week 10 to week 22
In this subject, students will learn how social and economic participation are core to current disability policy and reforms. People with disabilities should have similar expectations to other community members that they can make choices and have opportunities to participate in society by having jobs, going to school or university, using community facilities, participating in political activities or civil society, having friends and becoming members of clubs and associations. In this subject, students will explore the multiple interpretations of community participation and consider different models for working to support participation through individual support or community and systems change. In terms of economic participation, the evidence about outcomes of inclusion in educational setting, and models of post school options and employment support will be examined.
Policy Review - Written report which demonstrates accurate interpretation of policies related to social and economic inclusion for people with disabilities.
Community Participation - Infographic which compares and contrasts the impact that different theoretical perspectives have on social and economic inclusion.
Inclusion Audit - Students to conduct an Inclusion audit on a community organization of their choice. Barriers to inclusion to be itemised.
Policy Review (1500 word equivalent) (30%)
Community Participation Infographic (1,500-word equivalent) (30%)