Course Title: Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: HWSS6115C

Course Title: Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3319 - Certificate III in Individual Support

Course Contact: Renee Costa

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 0886

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Gwen Cawsey

Nominal Hours: 100

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

You will learn the skills and knowledge required to facilitate the empowerment of people with disability to deliver rights based services using a person-centred approach when delivering individualised plans to clients.


This unit applies to workers in varied disability contexts.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability


2. Foster human rights

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assist the person with disability to understand their rights

2.2 Deliver services that ensure the rights and needs of the person are upheld in the context of person-centeredness

2.3 Ensure the cultural needs of the person are identified, accepted and upheld

2.4 Identify breaches of human rights and respond and report according to organisation procedures

2.5 Identify indications of possible abuse and/or neglect and report according to organisation procedure


3. Facilitate choice and self-determination

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Using a person-centred approach work in a manner that acknowledges the person with disability as their own expert

3.2 Facilitate person-centred options for action on relevant issues and discuss with the person and/or family and/or carer and/or relevant other

3.3 Provide assistance to the person with disability to facilitate communication of their personal goals

3.4 Provide person-centred support in a manner that encourages and empowers the person with disability to make their own choices

3.5 Assist with strategies to ensure that the person is comfortable with any decisions that are being made on their behalf

3.6 Assist with accessing advocacy services and other complaint mechanisms as required


1. Demonstrate commitment to empowerment for people with disability

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify changes in the legal, political and social frameworks within which the work is undertaken

1.2 Identify ways society can affect the level of impairment experienced by a person with disability

1.3 Reflect on personal values and attitudes regarding disability and acknowledge their potential impact when working in disability contexts

1.4 Develop and adjust own approaches to facilitate empowerment

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.  This will enhance your capacity to provide individualised supports and services that empower the people you support

Details of Learning Activities

class exercises to review discussions and workshops
practical demonstration and use of workplace equipment and tasks
guest presentations
group discussions
research in and out of class time
independent workplace case study
group activities/projects

Teaching Schedule

Session 1 and Session 2:


  • Introduction to disability
  • Definitions and implications of disability types
    • Life areas and the needs people may have
    • Identifying and meeting those needs
    • Empowerment through knowledge and understanding
    • Person centred services – how to a scenario.we develop and maintain individualised services.

Session 3, 4 and 5

• The legislative and policy framework – federal, state and local government
• NDIS – introduction of a new funding and service model.
• Duty of care, dignity of risk and the law of negligence – your role as a disability worker
• Previous service models and history and Principals of empowerment and advocacy




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Readings and other resources necessary for this course will be available through Blackboard. You will also use legislative and policy guidelines and documents including those of your agency. A copy of “WorkSafe Victoria Disability services – occupational health and safety compliance kit.” will be provided to each student by the university.

GUSS Skills Central ( is a site developed specifically for students in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT. It provides links to a range of resources for supporting student work on assessments and negotiating university studies more generally.


As noted you will use legislative and policy documents on current disability and community services practice for much of your reading and research. Commonly used websites may include:

The Department of Health and Human Services:

World Health Organization:

WorkSafe Victoria:

The National Disability Insurance Agency:

Your access to your agency website as an employee will allow you to use policy and practice documents, guidelines and, where appropriate, client records during your studies. You are expected to follow Agency guidelines regarding client, family and agency privacy and confidentiality at all times.

You are advised to look at the course at myRMIT for ongoing updated information.

Overview of Assessment

There will be three forms of assessment and they will include a case study with questions, theory questions and an assessment task linked to your placement component that relates to the unit of competency and you will be required to submit documentation as part of your assessment for this unit at the end of your practical placement.

The assessment tasks are as follows:

Task 1: Case Study/questions

Task 2: Theory Questions and Answers

Task 2: Observation and demonstration of client communication skills on placement

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca


Assessment Tasks


To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive written feedback on all assessment (refer to MyRMIT for assessment criteria). You will receive a full assessment brief and it will be available on the Blackboard site accessed via MyRMIT.


 Assessment Task 1:  Scenario Response – providing individualised services and supports

Using your knowledge and experience, the materials provided and discussions from the workshops respond to the case study and questions below about person with multiple disability who is in a time of transition. You will provide written responses to the questions (200 words pr response.  The questions  the personal support needs, individual and family circumstances, and the roles and responsibilities of a Community Support Organisation (CSO) and disability support workers (DSW), The responses should be be based on your agency’s policy and procedure with practical examples which add to the evidence of your knowledge and skills.


Assessment Task 2: Understanding theory – short answer questions

You will use the information, discussions and materials from the workshops and your own reading and experience to consider what empowerment, self-determination, independence, advocacy and self-management mean, and how the lives of people with a disability are enhanced by positive attitudes and practices

Assessment Task 3: Professional Discussion and performance evidence, Third party Report from workplace supervisor 

This describes skills and knowledge you can demonstrate from your role as a disability worker providing individualised support to clients. This will be provided via a professional discussion and the presentation of workplace evidence during planned workplace visits.


When you have completed all unit tasks to “Satisfactorily completed” standard, you will be signed off as “Competency Achieved” in this unit.

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix will be available from the Program Coordinator.

Other Information

This is a Work Integrated Learning course and you will be assessed either in a simulated environment or the workplace. 

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:


Cover Sheet for Submissions 
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of implications of plagiarism.


It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.


Applying for an Extension

Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. Speak with your teacher or course coordinator regarding applying for an extension.


Applying for Special Consideration

If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source

If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website:

The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing


Plagiarism and Collusion

Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.

Examples of plagiarism include:

  • Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
  • Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
  • Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
  •  Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
  • Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
  • Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
  • Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
  • Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.

For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 (unresolved) – and the RMIT Student Conduct Regulations –;ID=r7a7an6qug93


Plagiarism Software

The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:


Complaints Procedure:

RMIT University is committed to providing a harmonious study and work environment for all students and staff. The University recognises your right to raise concerns about academic, administrative or support services without recrimination and has policies and procedures to assist in the resolution of complaints.

Most issues are resolved at the local level and you are encouraged to take steps to resolve your issue locally. The student complaint procedure details steps to take if your problem is not resolved or you believe the response you received is unreasonable.

Student Complaints Policy:

Student complaints Procedure:;ID=i1lexipvjt22

Student Complaints Form:

Police Checks

Students must obtain their own police check by the due date and pay the associated costs. Students who do not obtain a required police clearance by the due date shall not be able to undertake a practical placement or work experience activity that requires a Police Check.

The University shall not be obligated to organise a placement for a student who does not wish to obtain a Police Check.

Where required by the workplace, students shall provide a copy of their police check on request.

If a student is rejected by a workplace on the basis of a Police Check, the following actions shall occur, as appropriate:

-               advise the student of the outcome; and

-               discuss placement options with the student; and/or

-               provide program and career counselling.

RMIT will not store Police Checks on student files.


Early Termination of Placement

Under section 6 of the WIL Procedure, a placement may be ended early by the host organisation or School due to the student’s conduct and/or performance during the placement.

Possible reasons for such decisions may include, but are not limited to

  • failure to follow processes required for safety

         breach of client or patient confidentiality

  • failure to comply with the instructions of supervisors
  • or other unprofessional behaviour

Where a placement ends early, a meeting will be convened to discuss the sequence of events that led to the termination. This meeting will precede any consideration of a student’s progress by the Progress Panel (if applicable) or Program Assessment Board.

Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library resources. 

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