Course Title: Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2018

Class Number: 2645

Class Section: FSSI

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Course Code: HWSS6115C

Course Title: Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4365 - Certificate IV in Disability

Course Contact: Renee Costa

Course Contact Phone: 99254598

Course Contact Email:

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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

Provision of individualised services and support is central to the disability and community services sectors.  In this unit you will focus on the knowledge and skills required to organise, provide and monitor support services established in the individual service plan developed with the individual. Your role in developing and implementing the plan will be critical in ensuring that client preferences are recognised and addressed across a range of life areas.

This unit is taught with:

CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance

CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support  

CHCDIS005 Develop and provide person-centred services

CHCDIS008  Facilitate community inclusion and participation

This unit is assessed with:

CHCCCS015  Provide individualised support. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability


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  



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


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      

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 to the people you support

Details of Learning Activities

  • class exercises to review discussions and workshops
  • seminars/workshops/presentations
  • 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

This course is delivered and assessed with CHCCCS015 Provide individualized support.

Session 5

Disability – conditions, implications and results. 

Session 6

Empowerment, individualized person centred planning and supports and community inclusion.

Session 7

Community participation and inclusion in practice.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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.

Overview of Assessment



Assessment Type

Word limit or equivalent

Assessment one

Understanding theory – short answer questions

200 words per response

Assessment two

In-class task: Scenario – providing individualised services and supports

100 -  200 words per response

Assessment three

Performance evidence: workplace professional discussion and sighting of evidence of work roles, responsibilities and training, Third Party report  from workplace supervisor

Documents to be sighted by Assessor within the agency guidelines for privacy and confidentiality.  


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Assessment Tasks

This course is assessed in accordance with competency based assessment. The unit CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability is assessed with CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support    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 CANVAS  accessed via MyRMIT.   Assessment Task 1: 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 2:  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 (100 - 200 words per 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 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.   Due date: to be scheduled with students   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:      Attendance 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:     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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