The unit explores the meaning of disability and considers issues closely linked with disability support. These include an awareness of how the attitudes and beliefs of others affect individuals who have disabilities. The unit introduces themes of inclusion, human rights, advocacy, empowerment and active participation and also considers the central place of communication in working with individuals who have disabilities.
This unit looks at the area of risk management by providing the learner with the knowledge and skills to effectively analyse and mitigate risk within the context of disability support. The unit also looks at the procedures and mechanisms available for the support of an individual with a disability in an emergency or crisis situation.
This unit aims to enable the learner to use effective communication skills to develop and sustain relationships with service users, carers and colleagues. It also looks at how to support service users in building and managing their social networks because the strength of an individual’s social network is a key factor in maintaining an individual’s well-being and mental health. This unit is for those who support individuals with specific communication needs. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills that address personal interaction and the use of special methods and aids to promote communication.
This unit introduces students to the ethical principles, and moral dilemmas within the context of supporting individuals with disabilities and how these are reflected in legislation. In parallel the unit will focus on the important themes related with ethical approach. These include dignity, quality of life and the rights of the individuals.
This unit provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to support individuals in:

• the tasks of daily living.
• personal hygiene.
• managing finances.
• preparing and settling in to new home environments
• taking part in leisure activities.
• taking part in learning or development activities.
• maintaining and developing skills for every-day life.
• accessing and using services and facilities
• accessing education, training and employment
• continuing recommended therapies

and promote their independence in these areas.
This unit introduces learners with the knowledge and skills required to reflect on, evaluate one’s own professional practice with the intention to identify and develop best practices. This unit also looks at the importance of supervision, feedback and the formalisation of such practices