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CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

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1. Provide an overview in your own words about how the NDIS relates to the ‘social model of disability.

2. In your own words write an overview of the history and recent developments in disability in Australia.

3. List 4 principles of the Disability Service Acts.

4. Provide three (3) legal responsibilities you have as a Disability Support Worker.

5. List three (3) ways society can affect the level of impairment experienced by a person with disability

6. How can your personal values and attitudes affect your work with people with disabilities?

7. Provide a brief definition of each of the following:



Developmental Delay

Sensory Disability

Autism spectrum disorder

Acquired brain injury

8. Describe in detail how you can develop and adjust your own approaches to facilitate empowering a person with a disability.

9. In your own words, explain what you understand by the terms below and provide one (1) example of each.

  • ‘person - centred care’ :
  • ‘active support’ :
  • ‘strength-based practice’
  • Assessors comment:

10. Provide three (3) reasons why a people with disabilities need to understand their rights.

11. Explain how person-centredness upholds people’s rights and needs.

12. What skills do you need to develop to uphold a person’s cultural needs?

13. List three (3) common indicators of abuse and provide an example of each.

14. What would you do if you suspected abuse or neglect?

15. Why does the person that you are supporting need to be at the centre of the decision-making regarding their care?

16. List three (3) members of a person’s team who may assist in providing person-centred services.

17. How can you provide assistance to the person with disability to facilitate communication of their personal goals?

18. How can you ensure that a person understands a decision that is being made on their behalf and explain in detail how can you assist them?

19. Project 1

Research Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) aids and devices and explain how they facilitate communication. (minimum 500 words)

20. Project 2

Visit the ‘Vision Australia’ website www.visionaustralia.org/ Describe in detail how they can assist people to live independently.

21.Case Study 1

Read the following case study and answer the questions.

Fatima has an intellectual disability; due to her physical condition she spends a lot of time in a wheel chair.

What sort of environmental considerations will you need to take into account when she wants to use public transport to visit the museum?

22. Case Study 2

Read the following case study and answer the questions.

A person who uses a wheelchair has difficulty entering and exiting his home because of the heavy front door which needs to be opened and closed. He often leaves his home to go to the local shop and wants to know options that are available that would make the opening and closing of his heavy front door easier. Who would you suggest he contacts for advice/guidance? Complete the table below by researching 4 local organisations, their contact details and how they can assist.

23. Case Study 3

Read the following case study and answer the questions.

You work in a residential service that operates for young people with disability Monday to Friday who attend the local special school. The house closes over weekends and each person returns to their family homes in nearby towns.

Every Monday you feel you have to start from scratch with Dianne who returns after the weekend with heightened mood and increased aggression. She is also becoming agitated on Friday afternoons and looking fearful of returning to her parents.

Dianne does not communicate verbally and has a moderate intellectual disability. You suspect her family are not giving her medication while she is with them and worse that there may be some form of abuse occurring.

What do you do in your role as disability support worker?

24. Case Study 4

Read the following case study and answer the questions.

Ryan is a 26-year-old man with multiple sclerosis living in a supported residence with Martin, a 29-year-old man with an intellectual disability, and Peter, a 23-year-old man with autism (with very limited speech).

a. List the key issues that they all might be facing.

b. Describe in detail what rights does the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and Australian disability legislation give Ryan, Martin and Peter? (minimum 150 words)

c. Describe the impact of their specific disabilities on each person:

d. Why is it important to reflect on your own personal values and attitudes regarding their disabilities?

e. List specific communication needs that Ryan might have.

f. Both Martin and Peter like sitting near the window at the meal table and a conflict has developed between the two of them. What communication strategies would you use to help resolve this conflict?

g. Communication with Peter has reached a point where it is about to break down because he is often very difficult to understand due to having very little speech. What could staff do?

h. Identify an agency or group in your local area that could assist Ryan, Martin and Peter to exercise their rights and independence. Explain the services they could provide and how Ryan, Martin and Peter could contact them.

i. Martin has always showered independently, but recently you have noticed that he has strong body odour problems due to lack of personal hygiene. What approached could you use to empower Martin to improve his standard of personal hygiene.

25. Case Study 5

Read the following case study and answer the questions.

The following case study, taken from the National People with Disabilities and Carer Council’s SHUT OUT report, illustrates how a lack of available supports can impede the independence and empowerment of a person with disability. A child we will call S is 8-years-old and lives in a small rural community with her mother and siblings. S has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair permanently. She is unable to use verbal communication and uses a speech activated computer and has a manual wheelchair and attends public school.

Her mother has applied for and been waiting several years for an electric wheelchair for S, which would enable her to be more active at school with her friends and be more independent than she is. This would also free up her mother from having to push S everywhere as she is unable to use a manual wheelchair herself

How could independence be enabled through the NDIS?

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