Course Title: Facilitate community participation and inclusion

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: HWSS5542C

Course Title: Facilitate community participation and inclusion

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4329 - Certificate IV in Disability

Course Contact : Anthony Graham

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4411

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Renee Costa -Program Coordinator, Social Care programs (03) 9925 0886,

Mary Collins - Teacher, Disability Work, Oncampus programs (03) 99254598,

Maura Lynch - Teacher, Disability Work -Industry programs (03) 99254577,

Nominal Hours: 60

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

Not applicable

Course Description

This course describes the knowledge and skills required by the worker to develop and facilitate strategies for individual participation in various community settings, functions and activities to enhance the psychosocial well being and lifestyle of a person with a disability

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCDIS410A Facilitate community participation and inclusion


1. Support the person with a disability to identify and engage in social networks within the broad community

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Work with the person with disability to identify their strengths, interests, abilities and support requirements so they may engage with a social network
1.2 Work with the person to identify an appropriate social network and to clarify the support they will need to actively engage with this network
1.3 Work with the person to identify any possible barriers to participation and inclusion
1.4 Work with the person to develop strategies to manage potential barriers
1.5 Promote and raise awareness of community inclusion through community education and involvement of people with disability
1.6 Research, identify and network with relevant services to explore community inclusion opportunities
1.7 Match relevant services and networks to the requirements of person with disability
1.8 Identify and access appropriate resources according to organisation policy and protocols
1.9 Provide information about options available to person with disability and/or their advocate /carer
1.10 Recognise and accommodate individual choices and spiritual/cultural differences


2. Assist the person with a disability and relevant others to develop and implement individualised community support plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Support the person to develop a person-centred individualised plan to participate in the community
2.2 Assist the person to establish their requirements in order to maximise their participation in community life
2.3 Assist the person, if appropriate, to become an active member of their neighbourhood and local community
2.4 Assist the person to develop strategies to address barriers to participation, and include them in the individualised plan
2.5 Assist the person to identify and access community options that will meet their needs as identified in the individualised plan
2.6 Assist the person to access opportunities to establish connections through shared interests with other community members
2.7 Provide the person with necessary supports for participation, according to the individualised plan
2.8 Assist person and their family/carer to select activities that will enhance inclusion
2.9 Give support in a manner that provides a positive role model and promotes development and/or maintenance of the person's skills
2.10 Where appropriate, support other workers to implement the individualised community support plan
2.11 Identify aspects of worker involvement in the individualised plan outside scope of knowledge, skills and/or job role and respond accordingly
2.12 Identify strategies for community participation and inclusion that may require review and consult with the person


3. Develop strategies to minimise isolation for person with a disability

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify requirements for support, devices, aids and environmental modification and develop strategies to deal with these in conjunction with person and/or their advocate/s /carer
3.2 Identify support or devices required to assist with communication
3.3 Assess physical barriers to participation and identify solutions with involvement of person with disability
3.4 Recognise own limitations in addressing issues and seek advice when necessary
3.5 Where appropriate, identify and assess barriers to communication/social participation caused by cognitive deficits associated with acquired brain injury and develop solutions
3.6 Discuss travel and transport issues with person and identify strategies to address these
3.7 Put in place processes to evaluate ongoing success of strategies


4. Determine risks associated with supporting community participation and inclusion

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Conduct location or activity risk assessment specific to the person's circumstances
4.2 Discuss elements of risk with the person and appropriate others
4.3 Work with the person and appropriate others to identify strategies to remove or reduce risk
4.4 Develop strategies to remove or reduce risk according to organisation policy and procedures and legislative requirements

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements

Details of Learning Activities

In this course you will build on the knowledge and skills you have acquired in individual planning and skill development, empowerment and communication to focus on facilitating and supporting community inclusion for people with disabilities.  The disability support worker must be able to work with the client and also with the community to maximise the opportunities for people to live life connected to their community.  The Certificate IV in Disability includes a field placement in a community disability service of 200 hours across the whole program and the knowledge and skills you gain in this course will be further developed during the field placement.

Teaching Schedule


1Course introduction - work with clients, work with the community
2Reviewing two important theories - Social Role Valorization (SRV) and Normalisation 
3Client strengths, preferences, interests and support needs
4Community liaison and education, barriers to inclusion
5Challenges in community based supports and services - planning a community based activity - accessibility
6 Challenges in community based supports (cont.) - undertaking the community based activity planned in week 5
7 Report back from week 6 community activity - strengths and deficits of the venue/activity, strategies and solutions to issues 
8 Individualised Planning and community based supports - embedding community supports in plans
9 Resources - what is needed to support the plan
10 The worker’s role/s - support, advocacy, liaison, trainer
11 Minimising isolation - physical aids, technology, social skills
12 Social barriers - what prevents inclusion, overcoming barriers
13 Risk assessment - identifying and minimising risks in using public transport.  developing a TA for public transport travel
14 Risk assessment - using the TA to travel from A - B - A
15 Report back on TA, did the TA work, what to improve
16 Course review and reflection - the importance of community inclusion now and in the future.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

During sessions you will be directed to government, non-government and insustry sources of information such as the Department of Human Services (DHS), local government areas (LGAs), generic community services and private enterprise and business as appropriate.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

Assessment Tasks


There are three assessment tasks for this course:

1.  Reflective response:  Social Role Valorization and Normalisation - students consider these two central philosophies and provide a written response refecting on their influence and effects on the services we offer 

2. Research and report:  Community options - you will undertake research in local services venues and activities that may be accessed by a person with a disability e.g. a young person seeking local options out of school hours

3.  Field Placement report:  You will observe and report on how community based options and individual inclusion is occurring in the field placement agency.

Assessment Matrix

A detailed assessment matrix will be available from the course teacher.

Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
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 the plagiarism implications.
It is strongly advised that you attend all workshops in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.
You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can be found at:;ID=9pp3ic9obks7
Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student progress policy can be found at:;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1
Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity Web site:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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