The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to understand the reasons and consequences of intellectual disabilities. Learners will develop an awareness of supports and the role of professionals in dealing with the needs of persons with an intellectual disability.
Learners will be able to:
- Understand from a historical perspective, the social and medical models that have been defined in dealing with people with intellectual disabilities.
- Provide examples of social and medical models of support.
- Understand the advantages and disadvantages of social and medical models of support.
- Be aware of the known causes and implications of caring for a person on the immediate and extended family.
- Define the term front line staff.
- Explore past and current attitudes to people with disabilities.
- Define levels of intellectual disability and how they are assessed.
- Understand how multiple disabilities can affect a person.
- Outline the range of physical, social, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of persons with an intellectual disability and how these fit into the models currently in use in Ireland.
- Understand the role and function of multi-disciplinary teams in dealing with people with intellectual disabilities.
Assignment: 60% Examination – Theory: 40%