Subject details

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Synthesise information, concepts and theories surrounding areas of selected disability practice
  2. Interpret and transmit information about the different types of knowledge used in disability practice
  3. Reflect critically on the values and ideologies that inform contemporary aspects of disability practice
  4. Critically evaluate the effectiveness and impact of types of interventions or programs in disability practice
  5. Justify the need for an alternative intervention or program in disability practice
  6. Communicate research findings effectively and sensitively with colleagues, clients and the public.
    • Scoping
    • Review
    • Synthesizing evidence
    • Research evidence across practice areas
    • Evidence to drive policy change
    • Communicating evidence
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • 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).

Special requirements

No special requirements

Disability policies and practice have often been more informed by values and ideology than evidence or theory. Contemporary disability practice is informed by multiple sources of knowledge derived from lived experience, theory and research evidence. In this subject students will explore the unique contributions that each of these makes to effective practice. Students will also learn to identify the empirical or theoretical underpinnings of practice with individuals and design of programs and to judge the strength and weaknesses of these: Areas covered will be tailored to student interest and existing work places but may include, approaches to communications supports, person-centred active support, practice leadership, positive behaviour support, support for decision making, accommodation support, and skills teaching. Students will learn how to connect theories and evidence used in disability practice to other fields of health and social care and by a range of disciplines.

Disability Research Landscape Review - Students to undertake a brief review of literature addressing a chosen topic and map underlying ideology/values/philosophies. Identify types and sources of knowledge and research approaches reflected in the literature gathered. Foundations Essay - Differentiate between ideology, theory and evidence as foundations to a program intervention or approach seen in disability practice (i.e., a chosen topic). Agency Intervention or Program Evaluation - Evaluate a particular program intervention or approach that has been adopted in disability practice (i.e., chosen topic), including: the theory underpinning it, critique of the research and evidence. Consider translation/transfer of knowledge to practice and policy. Discuss how it would be adopted in a current setting or identify and justify an alternate approach

  • Disability Research Landscape Review (1,500-word equivalent) (30%)
  • Foundations Essay (1,500-word equivalent) (30%)
  • Agency Intervention or Program Evaluation (2,500 words) (40%)

Textbook information is pending.

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