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Skip to 0 minutes and 13 seconds Hello and welcome. I’m Christine Randall. And I’m Vanette McLennan. We’re so pleased you could join us on the course. Our learners come from all over the world and from all walks of life. Some of you will be living with a disability or know someone who does. And some of you may even be interested in rehabilitation counselling as a rewarding career. We each have our own story to tell, and we’d love to hear more about you and what motivated you to join the course. Make sure you introduce yourself at the end of this step. There will be many opportunities for social learning and conversation along the way, and we encourage you to join in.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 seconds We have a lot to cover in week one and hope you’re feeling excited about getting started. Vanette, would you like to tell us some more? Yes. This week, we’ll be exploring the many faces of disability, including the not-so-visible ones. We’ll investigate key differences between the medical and social models of disability and let you make up your own mind about the direction we should be heading in. The power of perception is another key theme for this week. We’ll be reflecting on the damage that stigma and assumptions cause in our society. So get ready to challenge the idea of what’s normal. Sounds great. Let’s get started.

Skip to 1 minute and 22 seconds We look forward to meeting you in the discussions and exploring some of the key issues that impact on participation in our world today.

We’re so pleased you have joined us

This course has been designed to get you re-thinking disability. Together, we’ll explore common misconceptions and how they impact on the vocational opportunities typically available in our society.

We have been Rehabilitation Counsellors for many years, supporting clients and employers to work through barriers associated with disability and disadvantage. When it comes to making vocational decisions, we’ve noticed a key consideration is the attitude of the people involved. Often, the toughest hurdles to overcome are not the perceived differences associated with impairment. Instead, they relate to stigma, outdated ideas about what is ‘possible’ and the mindsets of those we work with.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • discuss how perceptions of ‘normal’ impact on the participation of people with disability in work and community
  • explain the importance of access to meaningful employment for people with injury, disability and disadvantage
  • engage in the identification of solutions for addressing the global impacts of unemployment
  • reflect on real-life case scenarios in determining services and strategies to enable full participation of people with disability
  • explore the knowledge, skills and roles of the Rehabilitation Counsellor in disability management and vocational rehabilitation.

Meet the team

Dr Christine Randall

Dr Vanette McLennan

As Rehabilitation Counsellors we know the value of everyone in society having equal opportunities to participate fully in their own lives. We hope that by the end of this course, you will too.

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Realising Career Potential: Rethinking Disability

Griffith University