Short Title:Understanding Disability
Full Title:Understanding Disability
Module Code:DISA H1001
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Basic / broad general programmes*
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:To enable the student to appreciate the range of disabilities that exist. To familiarise the student with the supports available to those with specific needs.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Evaluate definitions and perceptions of health, disability, illness and behaviour.
LO2 Describe the services and resources available to individuals with specific needs in Ireland.
LO3 Explain supports and intervention strategies available to support individuals with specific needs.
LO4 Investigate strategies for dealing with individuals with challenging behaviour
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Definitions and Perceptions
Analyse concepts of health, disability, illness and behaviour from the perspectives of social care practitioners, service users, legislators and policy makers. Critiques how these concepts change over time and across cultures. Consider health and disability from a theoretical perspective by applying the Medical, Social and International Classification of Functioning (ICF) Models
Services and Resources
Consider the kinds of services and resources that exist and that are required for individuals with specific disabilities including those with physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, mental health difficulties, visual impairment and hearing loss. Examine legislation and Government policy which is in place to support and protect people with disabilities.
Supports and intervention strategies
Review a series of case studies to plan and review strategies and interventions that can be implemented to assist individuals with specific needs. Examine Person Centred Planning as an intervention and develop skills to carry out effective plans with service users. Describe the purpose and implementation of Assistive Technology and consider its advantages and disadvantages. One to one work and group-work. Interventions for supporting individuals with specific needs in education and employment – inclusive education, supported employment, sheltered employment etc.
Challenging Behaviour
Define and describe challenging behaviour. Strategies that social care practitioners can use to deal with challenging behaviour. Issues that social care services and organisations should consider in relation to challenging behaviour – keeping service users safe, keeping staff safe, policies & procedures, training for staff etc..
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project No Description 1,3 50.00 Sem 1 End
Continuous Assessment n/a 2,4 50.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Walmsley J & Johnson K 2003, Inclusive Research with People with Peple with Learning Disabilities, Jessica Kingsley
  • Lewis P 2005, Achieving Best Behaviour in Children with Developmental Disabilities: A step by step workbook for parents and carers, Jessica Kingsley
  • Cambridge P &Carnaby S 2005, Person Centred planning and Case Management with People with learning Disabilities, Jessica Kingsley
  • Creedon A 2007, The Challenges faced by Parents of Autistic Children in Ireland, Cork Institute of Technology
  • Pritchard J 2001, Good Practice with Vulnerable Adults, Jessica Kingsley
  • Dr. Susan McGaw 2000, What works for parents with learning disabilities, Bernardos UK
  • Parents Future Planning Group 2000, What do I do Now?, Department of Health (Health Promotion Unit)
  • Harris j. 2005, Intellectual Disability: Understanding its Development, Causes, Classification, Evaluation & Treatment (Developmental Perspectives in Psychiatry), Amazon
  • Michael Oliver 2009, Understanding disability, 2nd Ed., Palgrave Macmillan [ISBN: 978-0230220287]
  • edited by John Swain... [et al.] 2004, Disabling barriers, enabling environments, SAGE London [ISBN: 978-0761942658]
  • edited by Jeanette Thompson, Jackie Kilbane and Helen Sanderson 2007, Person centred practice for professionals, Open University Press [ISBN: 978-0335221950]
  • Suzanne Quin (Editor), Bairbre Redmond (Editor), Disability and Social Policy in Ireland, UCD Press Dublin [ISBN: 978-1900621939]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSOCA_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Care Practice 1 Mandatory