Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Young People with Disability

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Youth and Community Studies

DESCRIPTION Inclusion is a key issue for many young disabled people; many feel isolated at school and in relationships and often have lower expectations about their future than their non-disabled peers. This study-unit will discuss how Inclusive practice and participation are key to ensuring that disability equality in all of society's institutions is achieved. This study-unit is intended to conceptualise young disabled people's experiences, locate the in/visability of 'their' agenda and analyse their need to have a voice. This study-unit will also attempt to provide practical skills for future youth workers in their engagement with young disabled people. The study-unit explores the forces that shape adolescence of this minority through a study of key social institutions: family, day-care/school, faith-based associations, voluntary social institutions.

The study-unit will discuss the relevance of the circumstances of young disabled people to an understanding of everyday forms of practice, social participation and marginalization. The study-unit will explore collective action and decision making and outcomes in the shape of disabling barriers leading to repression and discrimination of individuals and groups with disabilities. Interrogating central dilemmas facing professions, it will map the conflicting needs of individuals/groups and the wider community.

Students will learn to look at their own forms of practice with a critical eye, and how problems at the level of the individual can be translated into systemic terms, initiating collective processes of change. This study-unit provides a broad overview of the discourses, definitions and paradigms of impairment and disability: medical, psychological, socio-political and theoretical.

Study-unit Aims:

- To explore historical evolution in approaches to disability

- To explore the social model of disability – constraints and opportunities

- To compare perspectives on “disability studies”, “disability research” and forms of practice

- To explore research methods and traditions in “disability studies/research”.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- engage critically with key theories in disability studies and disability research

- understand how disability impacts on the transition of young people to adulthood

-Conceptualise transition planning.

2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills):
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- to communicate and actively work with disabled young people

- to listen to the voices (issues) of disabled young people

- to accompany young people in their transition to adulthood

- to accompany young people in activism for social justice.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Goodley, D. (2000) Self Advocacy in the Lives of People with Learning Difficulties: The Politics of Resilience. Open University Press.

Goodley, D.O’Toole, Moore, (2004) Researching Life Stories. Rutledge Falmer.

Oliver, M., & Campbell, J., (1996) Disability politics; understanding our past, changing our future UK: Rutledge

Priestly, M. (2003). Disability: a life course approach UK: Blackwell Publishing.

Goodley D and Van Hove G (2005) Another Disability Studies Reader?: People With Learning Disabilities & a Disabling World. Garant Uitgevers N V.

Hick P., (2007) Psychology for Inclusive Education: New Directions in Theory And Practice (Hardcover) Publisher not yet known.



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