Disability Support

Study Disability Support. Self paced, 100 hour online course for anyone working in disability care or support, as a volunteer, employment or a career.

Course Code: BPS226
Fee Code: S3
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment
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Learn to Support people Living with a Disability

  • Explore Scope, Nature and Impact of Different Disabilities
  • Recognise Different Solutions for Different Circumstances
  • Support them at home, work and leisure. 

Disabilities can vary. Some are temporary and others permanent.  People may be physically disabled after an accident, and require certain support during recovery; others may have a disability that is with them for life. Some disabilities can be stable and others may progress and change over time. Living with a disability can be more of a psychological or physical challenge for some people than others.

This course aims to broaden and deepen your appreciation of the diversity of disabilities that exist, and to have a better capacity to respond to and support challenges faced by any disabled person.

Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Nature and Scope of Disability Support
    • Introduction
    • Models of disability
    • Medical model
    • Social model
    • Definitions of disability
    • Key terminology
    • Human rights
    • Underpinning human rights values - fairness, respect, equality, dignity, autonomy
    • Diversity in the social context
    • What equality means for those with disabilities
    • Inclusivity and disabilities
    • What influences inclusion
    • Socio economic influences
    • Life skills development
  2. Nature of Physical Disabilities
    • Introduction
    • Sensory disabilities
    • Sight
    • Deaf/blindness
    • Physical Mobility Disabilities
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Muscular Dystrophy
    • Motor Neurone Disease
    • Amputees, Paraplegia, Hemiplegia and Quadriplegia
    • Chronic pain and Arthritis
    • Osteo-conditions
    • Neurological disorders - Parkinson's disease, Multiple sclerosis
    • Speech disorders
    • Speech and Language Therapy
    • Providing individualised support
  3. Nature of Learning Differences
    • What is a learning difference
    • Dyslexia
    • Dysgraphia
    • Dyscalculia
    • Dyspraxia
    • Dysphasia
    • Developmental language disorder
    • Auditory processing disorder
    • Visual perceptual motor disorder
    • Non verbal learning disorder
    • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Intellectual disability
    • How learning differences are identified and diagnosed
    • Importance of early diagnosis/screening
    • Who diagnoses
    • When do diagnoses occur
    • Who authorises in school and/or assessment judgements
    • Provide individualised support
    • Common whole school procedural/policy adjustments
    • Common class adjustments
    • Aspects to include
    • Common assessment adjustments
    • Role of home schooling and distance education
  4. Inclusive Learning Experiences and Environments
    • Role of teachers and trainers
    • Special Education Needs Coordinators
    • The physical environment
    • Alternative technologies
  5. Inclusivity in the Workplace
    • Diversity and inclusion
    • Inclusivity models for the workplace
    • Respect
    • Sense of belonging
    • Empowerment
    • Fair chance for career progression
    • Physical factors to ensure inclusivity
    • Catering for visual disabilities
    • Wheelchair access
    • Catering to intellectual disabilities
    • Catering for poor balance, coordination or fine motor control
    • Catering for hearing difficulties
    • Support with manual tasks
    • Adaptations in tools and equipment
    • Physical support
    • Understanding ergonomics
    • Protective gear
    • Hand protection
    • Eye protection
    • Machine guards
    • Floors and walkways
    • Recruitment
    • Equity and fair pay
  6. Independent Living and In Home Support
    • Introduction
    • Safety factors
    • Nutrition
    • Important factors in nutrition - ingredients, variety. compatibility, cooking methods, additional requirements.
    • Eating
    • Meal preparation
    • Cleaning and home care
    • People who help - communication, daily activities
    • Overnight care sleeping difficulties
    • Domestic services
    • Transport
    • Pet care or assistance pets
    • Financial management
  7. Health Care and Inclusivity
    • What is a need
    • Person centred service responses
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Physiotherapists
    • Complimentary Health Services
    • Doctors, nurses and allied health professionals
    • Psychologists and counsellors
    • Supporting diabled people through grief and loss
    • Support through health changes and deterioration
    • Aging
    • Physical changes
    • Support through debilitating or terminal illness diagnosis
    • Depression
    • Safeguarding vulnerable adults
    • Physical aids for wellbeing
  8. Sport, Leisure and Travel
    • Introduction
    • Barriers - physical, informational, logistical, psychological
    • Effects of inactivity
    • Exercise and age
    • What happens during and after exercise
    • Breathing
    • Hydration
    • Participation
    • Models of Inclusivity in Sport and Activities - TREE model
    • Sports and leisure clubs
    • Being active in the home
    • Health
  9. Relationships and Community Participation
    • Prejudice
    • Autism and relationships
    • Friendships
    • Maintaining existion friendsgips
    • Family
    • Colleagues
    • RomantiParticipation and social inclusion in the wider community
    • Getting about - transport
    • c relationships
    • Online community - grooming, social media assistance
  10. Working in Disability Care and Support
    • Social care funding
    • Employment
    • Managing risk and compliance
    • Ethics
    • Supply, installation and maintenance of aids/equipment

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Investigate diversity and describe different ways that inclusivity serves for equality of opportunity.
  • Examine physical support needs and strategies for empowerment.
  • Examine learning support needs for people with learning differences and strategies for empowerment.
  • Create Inclusive Learning Experiences and Environments
  • Explain how to create inclusivity in workplaces.
  • Determine strategies for independence for disabled people in their homes.
  • Describe how health care services respond to the needs of disabled people
  • Describe how leisure and sporting venues and facilities or transportation cater for the needs of disabled people.
  • Examine social including and community participation for the overall wellbeing of disabled people.
  • Analyse workplace requirements for safe, ethical, and professional practice in care and support roles.

Scope of this Course

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities defines disability as:

“Long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder (a person's) full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others”.

Disabilities can be physical, sensory, developmental, cognitive, intellectual, or mental. They may also be a combination of any of these types. 

This course explores the scope and nature of disability and disabled support to help the student better respond to issues faced by persons living with a disability; whatever the disability might be.
ACS is an Organisational Member of the Association for Coaching (UK).
ACS is an Organisational Member of the Association for Coaching (UK).
Since 1999 ACS has been a recognised member of IARC (International Approval and Registration Centre). A non-profit quality management organisation servicing education.
Since 1999 ACS has been a recognised member of IARC (International Approval and Registration Centre). A non-profit quality management organisation servicing education.
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Principal John Mason is a member of the ANZMH. ACS Students are invited to join
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