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Disability and a Good Life: Working with Disability

Learn how disability intersects with human rights, and how a good life can be made possible for everyone.

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  • 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

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  • 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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Disability and a Good Life: Working with Disability

Work with disability to enable a good life for yourself and others

Today we recognise disability as a part of human diversity. But what does it mean to work with disability in a way that enables a good life for ourselves and others?

In this course, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with some of the big issues facing disabled people, governments, and societies. You’ll explore human rights approaches to disability and critically examine the concepts of inclusion, access and support. You’ll also learn about disability politics and policy, advocacy and activism, and consider how to work with disability at multiple levels to enable a good life for all.

What topics will you cover?

  • The importance of valuing human diversity, inclusion and belonging
  • The implications of discrimination and barriers to access in the lives of people with disabilities
  • Definitions of disability, human rights, access, care, support and contribution
  • The significance of international human rights frameworks, including the UNCRPD
  • What care and support look like in practice
  • The diverse ways that people with disabilities contribute to society
  • Advocacy and activism as channels for working for change

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Identify and explain what a good life might mean for a diversity of people, including people with disabilities
  • Evaluate the importance of listening to the ideas and life experiences of people with disabilities
  • Explain disability rights through an examination of international human rights frameworks, including the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)
  • Explain how discrimination and barriers impact the lives of people with disabilities
  • Explore an understanding of access as having different patterns that can enable and disable
  • Critically engage with debates around care and support, and explain what these concepts look like in practice
  • Critically reflect on what we identify and value as contribution – economically, culturally and personally
  • Explore channels for working for change at individual, local and global levels

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for both beginners and experts wanting to raise their awareness of disability and disability-related issues within a global context. It is appropriate for people with disabilities and their family members, friends and allies; professionals in the care and community service sectors; medical and allied health professionals; educators; built environment professionals; advocates and policy makers; scholars; and lifelong learners.

Working with Disability is an appropriate follow-up to its sister course, Thinking through Disability, which introduces you to contemporary understandings of disability as a dimension of human diversity.

Who will you learn with?

Leanne Dowse

I am an academic at UNSW Australia with more than twenty years experience in disability studies and in working for social change in the ways we understand and respond to disability.

Kelley Johnson

I am a professor of disability policy and practice at the Social Policy Research Centre UNSW.I have undertaken research for twenty years with people with disabilities in Australia and internationally

Louisa Smith

I'm a Lecturer at UNSW, Australia. I'm interested in the relationship between disability, social policy and social change. I think it's really important that universities share knowledge clearly.

Karen Soldatic

Karen Soldatic is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2016 – 2019) at the Institute of Culture and Society, Western Sydney University.

Who developed the course?

Established in 1949 with a unique focus on the scientific, technological and professional disciplines, UNSW is a leading Australian university committed to making a difference

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £49.00

Statement of Participation £39.00

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Charges to your account will be made in GBP. Prices in local currency are provided as a convenience and are only an estimate based on current exchange rates.

Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

  • Stories of belonging
    Stories of belonging
    video

    In this video, different guest presenters with disabilities share experiences of inclusion and belonging.

  • Recognising discrimination
    Recognising discrimination
    video

    In this video, different people with disabilities share their personal stories of discrimination.