Module Overview

Contemporary Approaches in the Disability Sector

The purpose of this module is to support students to critically examine policy trends, developments and debates within the disability sector. This will be framed within an approach that considers the lived experiences of people with disabilities. Students will be supported to recognise how disability issues are linked to the concepts of inclusion, equality and justice.

Module Code

SSSC H4019

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Disability, Policy and Legislation: Towards a Rights Based Approach

A range of legislative and policy developments which aim to protect and promote the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities will be examined. Including:- International context – UN and EU-Key legislative & policy developments in areas such as education, employment, service provision, residential support, welfare supports and standards.- Equality legislation and the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015- Implementation and impact of policy on individuals and disability services - Future policy direction - Voice of people with disabilities in policy development

Life Course Perspective

Social Portrait of People with Disabilities in Ireland• - The Lived Experience of People with Disabilities Children and Young People- Working with families- Education• Adults- Residential Models of Residential Provision for People with Disabilities- Independent Living- Employment- Sexuality and Relationships• Older People

Supporting Inclusion and Participation

-Personalisation of services- Individualised budgets- Addressing barriers to inclusion- Role of social care workers- Assistive technology- Advocacy- Conceptualisation with disability- Challenging discrimination and stereotypes- Intersectionality

Theoretical Frameworks

Medical model - Human Rights model- Social model- Critical disability studies model

Models of Practice

Personalisation - Strengths Based Approach - Positive Risk Taking - Positive Behaviour Support - Person Centred Planning

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)40
Formal Examination60