• Supporting Self-Determination and Choice

    This Supporting Self-Determination and Choice training programme supports the development of competence in direct support workers to assist people with disabilities to express personal preferences, increase control over their lives, and set and attain goals that are personally meaningful.
  • Understanding and Supporting People with Intellectual Disability

    The Understanding and Supporting People with Intellectual Disability online resource has been designed to present a contemporary picture and a more in-depth understanding and appreciation of what it means to have an Intellectual or multiple disabilities. It is engaging for learners and enables them to apply learning in a range of practice settings.
  • Understanding Common Syndromes

    The term ‘syndrome’ is used to describe a collection or combination of conditions which develop together and result from a single cause. For example, a person who has Down syndrome may have intellectual disabilities, distinctive physical features, and health issues (such as a heart condition).
  • Disability Awareness

    When direct support workers have the right attitudes, values and understand the complex issues in having a disability, Disability Awareness, they can enrich and enhance the lives of the people they support and remove some of those barriers.
  • Supporting People with Multiple and Profound Disabilities

    This training programme supports the development of competence in direct support workers to meet the needs of people with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD).
  • Non Verbal Communication

    In order for successful communication to occur, there needs to be a shared system of communication between all parties. Without this messages may be misunderstood and this can lead to frustration...
  • Positive Values in Service

    Quality of life for people with disabilities depends on basic attitudes and values of the people who support them and society in general. The reason that many large institutions have been forced to close or reduce the number of residents is not just that of new laws or increases in funding.
  • Autism

    This programme is devised to support learners to develop the appropriate knowledge, skills and competence relevant to the support needs of people who have Autism whether they have received a diagnosis or not.
  • Disability Awareness Advanced

    Learning Outcomes Learners will be able to: 1 Explore various definitions of disability, to include definitions outlined in Irish legislation 2 Describe the various classifications of disability 3 Outline the models of disability which provide theoretical underpinnings of disability studies, to include the medical model, the social model and the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Functioning and Disability (ICF) 4 Identify different types of disabilities, to include physical disability, learning disability, specific learning difficulties (SPLDs), mental illness, sensorial disabilities specifically visual impairment, hearing loss and speech difficulties and specific conditions including diabetes and epilepsy, explaining how these impact on the individual's quality of life 5 Outline strategies to minimise the difficulties that specific disabilities may cause for individuals 6 Examine the key requirements of employers, educational institutions and providers of public services in accommodating persons with disabilities as set down in Irish legislation 7 Describe the functions of a range of organisations which have been established to develop and implement public policy and strategy in relation to disability in Ireland, to include specific government departments and state agencies 8 Outline the main types of assistive technology that are available to persons with disabilities in education, training and employment 9 Identify grant schemes and support mechanisms that employees with disabilities and employers of persons with disabilities can avail of 10 Identify services available to enable persons with disabilities to access their legal rights and entitlements 11 Explain how organisations providing services to persons with disabilities ensure quality of service and adherence to best practice 12 Distinguish between the various models and approaches which are used in the education system to accommodate persons with disabilities 13 Describe the prevalent models used in vocational and rehabilitative training to achieve outcomes for persons with disabilities 14 Identify barriers to disability, both environmental and attitudinal 15 Outline community interventions that are available to persons with disabilities 16 Explore the impact of disability on the individual and society 17 Assess the strengths and weaknesses of current legislation as it pertains to disability 18 Examine how employees with disabilities can be supported and accommodated in the workplace 3 19 Reflect on own experience and perceptions of disability 20 Assess the strengths and weaknesses of various employment options open to persons with disabilities 21 Evaluate rehabilitation and support strategies that are available to improve quality of life for persons with disabilities 22 Analyse statistical data and research findings on disability 23 Evaluate the quality of a sample of organisational policies and procedures as they pertain to disability.