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The Role of Personal Assistants in Disability Support

Find out about the new role of personal assistants in disability support, and how to improve working relationships in the area.

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  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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The Role of Personal Assistants in Disability Support

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Improve working relationships between disabled people and personal assistants

Disabled people can now receive funding from their local authority to employ a personal assistant. While this gives them more personalised care in their own home, it also turns them into an employer.

This online course explores the role of personal assistance, and the challenges and opportunities it brings.

The course will help you choose the right personal assistance relationships for you, whether you’re a disabled person or a personal assistant. It’s based on new evidence about the close working relationship between disabled people and their support workers – and how to improve it.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 3 secondsPersonal assistance or PA is where disabled people living in the community are supported by workers who they employ directly. Usually, the disabled person is funded by their local authority to pay their workers themselves. PA is not the same as care. It’s about Independent Living. On this course, you will learn all about PA. Our training is suitable whether you are a disabled person, wanting to employ workers, or a care worker, wanting to work as a personal assistant. How is PA different from care? How can PA relationships be conducted safely and professionally? We’ve done the research with disabled people and their personal assistants to work out how PA can

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 secondsbe operated better. We’ve developed this training in association with disabled people’s organisations to support successful Independent Living.

What topics will you cover?

  • Orientation/re-orientation
  • What working relationship do you want?
  • How can conflict arise?
  • Avoiding ‘practical’ sources of conflict
  • Avoiding ‘personal’ sources of conflict
  • Avoiding ‘proximal’ sources of conflict
  • When conflict erupts: conflict resolution
  • Winding up

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • The working relationships between personal assistants and employers
  • Your own personal views about the personal assistance model
  • Your skills as a personal assistant or employer
  • On what a good working relationship looks like
  • How you would resolve conflict in a working relationship

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for disabled people, current or prospective personal assistants, and anyone else who’s interested in disability support and how this new role has evolved in the UK and other parts of the world.

Who will you learn with?

Tom Shakespeare

I am Professor of Disability Research at the University of East Anglia, with 30 years experience of researching with disabled people. I currently teach sociology to medical students.

Who developed the course?

The University of East Anglia is an internationally renowned university providing top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students from over 100 countries around the globe.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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  • Refer to the material at any point in future

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Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.

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