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Disability and a Good Life: Working with Disability
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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.
- 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
Learning on this course
You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- 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.