Course Title: Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2019

Class Number: 3783

Class Section: FSS4

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Course Code: HWSS6115C

Course Title: Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

Important Information:

This course is delivered and assessed in a cluster with Provide individualised support (CHCCS0015)


This course is delivered across two program areas in the school of Vocational Education - Design and Social Context. You will be assigned to either the Social Care or the FSSI program delivery

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4365 - Certificate IV in Disability

Course Contact: Renee Costa

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 0886

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

For FSSI programs contact Steve Bruechert +6199254063

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

In this course you will acquire the skills and knowledge required to facilitate the empowerment of people with disability to deliver rights based services using a person-centred approach. It should be carried out in conjunction with individualised plans.

This course applies to workers in varied disability contexts.   This course is delivered and assessed with:   CHCCS0015 - Provide individualised support


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability


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


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

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.  

Details of Learning Activities

Face to face workshops were information is shared through talks and discussions, and exercises are conducted to apply learning. Time is spent during classes for students to work on assessment tasks.

Teaching Schedule


Workshops 4, 5 and 6 (21st June, 12th July and 2nd August 2019)

 Empowerment and individualised supports includes foundation knowledge about types

of disability and focuses on an individual support framework


Personal care and support- ensuring client empowerment and individualised services daily

  • Client choice, rights and responsibilities
  • Documentation practices, requirements and review

 Supporting empowerment and person centred services

  • Overview of course content and assessment requirements
  • Definitions and implications of disability types
  • life areas and the needs people may have
  • identifying and meeting those needs
  • empowering through knowledge and understanding
  • person centred services - how we develop and maintain individualised services

 Empowerment, individual support and person-centred services

  • empowering through knowledge and understanding
  • person centred services - how we develop and maintain individualised services



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

This course is assessed with the course CHCCS0015 Provide individualised support.

The assessment tasks are as follows: 

Task 1: Case Study - Empowering and supporting a client

Task 2: Portfolio of evidence - Empowering and providing individualised support to clients 

Task 3: Direct observation- Providing support to clients

Task 4: Cluster quiz  


Assessment Tasks

Task 1: Empowering and supporting a client

 For this task, you will identify actions to take to assist the client and to address barriers in achieving their goals. From the perspective of a disability support worker, you are to review a fictional client’s story and support plan.  Using this information and the information gathered from the workshops and learning materials, work through the questions and statements in the Report document. The client's profile and plan are based on several clients of Victorian disability service providers. Your teacher will facilitate a group discussion during a workshop to discuss the client, providing individualised person-centred support and action to empower the client. 

Task 2: Empowering and providing individualised support to clients 

For this assessment task, you will develop a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your ability to facilitate the empowerment of people with disability and to provide individualised, rights-based support using a person-centred approach. You will identify three different clients who you are currently or have recently provided support. You will provide evidence of how you have provided support.


Task 3: Direct observation- Providing support to clients

You are to be observed by your assessor in the workplace reviewing the individuals support plan, ensuring that you demonstrate your skills and knowledge of empowerment, supported decision making, and dignity of risk.  The support must be identified in their support plan and be provided by you using a person-centred approach.


Task 4: Quiz 

There are 29 knowledge questions that need to be answered satisfactorily to complete this task. The questions are related to the two units of competencies that you are being assessed against.



Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix is located on canvas at the end of each assessment task

Other Information

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