1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 x 8-hour independent study weekly
1 x 50-minute on-line exercises weekly
1 22.5 units of DSRS 1st year topics
2 Admission into BEDMSSEBDS-B Education (Middle & Secondary/Special Ed), B Disability Studies
2a Admission into BEDSBSE-Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Special Education
3 9 units in DSRS 1st year topics
4 Admission into BHS-Bachelor of Health Sciences
5 13.5 units in DSRS 1st year topics
6 Admission into BEDSEOS-Bachelor of Education (Special Education)
6a Admission into BBSC-Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)
Must Satisfy: ((1) or ((2 or 2a) and 3) or (4 and 5) or ((6 or 6a)))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of DSRS2213, DSRS3220 has been successfully completed
Topic description
This topic introduces students to the family issues associated with having a member with disability and the role of the professional in supporting families to meet the needs of the individual
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  1. Explore the concept of family, the application of a systems theory approach and the value of a social ecological model in relation to families who have a member with a disability.

  2. Examine the impact of having a family member with a disability from the perspective of mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents and others within the extended family.

  3. Examine the Indigenous and multicultural variables associated with having a family member with a disability.

  4. Examine the family support needs and the role of professionals in meeting these needs, within the context of a developing partnership.

  5. Explore the concept of quality of life in relation to individuals with a disability and their families and examine how family professional partnerships can maximise quality of life for both individuals with disability and their families.

Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of the topic it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of a systems theory approach and its application to supporting families who have a member with a disability.

  2. Demonstrate an appreciation of the variability of families in both structure and culture.

  3. Identify the possible impact on families who have a member with a disability.

  4. Describe specific issues associated with particular disabilities.

  5. Demonstrate an understanding of support needs across the lifespan of families with a member who has a disability.

  6. Identify the strategies that will assist in developing a partnership with families to maximise quality of life for individuals with disabilities and other family members.

  7. Identify ethical issues associated with working in partnership with families.