Intellectual Disability Studies

Intellectual Disabilities

Learn the skill and competence in the causes, range and effects of intellectual disabilities

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the causes, range and effects of intellectual disabilities to develop an awareness of the importance of a social model of support and the role of various professionals in responding to the needs of persons with an intellectual disability.

Learners attending this programme must meet RPL criteria. Your entry to this course is not guaranteed until The Cpl Institute training team can confirm your RPL eligibility.

If you are unsure of your eligibility contact us on 01 895 5755.

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On course completion learners will be able to: 

  1. Categorise the range of terms which have been used to label people with an intellectual disability as inappropriate and appropriate labels
  2. Define the terms intellectual disability and multiple disability
  3. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of both the medical and social models of support
  4. Recognise the effects of caring for a person with an intellectual disability on close and extended family members
  5. Define the term front line staff
  6. Promote the following in caring for a person with an intellectual disability: Dignity – Choice – Relationships – Contributing
  7. Promote positive attitudes toward people with an intellectual disability
  8. Outline the history of services to people with an intellectual disability in Ireland
  9. Explore past and current attitudes toward people with an intellectual disability
  10. Examine own attitude toward people with an intellectual disability
  11. Identify how the policies and practice of a given organisation reflect the attitudes of that organisation toward people with an intellectual disability
  12. Explain the known causes of intellectual disability
  13. Describe the levels of intellectual disability and how these are assessed
  14. Outline the potential impact of a multiple disability on a person
  15. Provide examples of services to persons with an intellectual disability that illustrate the medical and or social models of support
  16. Outline current approaches toward developing quality in the provision of services to persons with an intellectual disability and their families, to include standards and quality assurance
  17. Identify examples of progressive models of service delivery both from Ireland and from other countries
  18. Outline the range of physical, social, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of persons with an intellectual disability
  19. Explain the role of the following in relation to individuals with an intellectual disability, their families and staff: Physiotherapist – Occupational Therapist – Speech and Language Therapist – Social Worker – Psychologist
  20. Explain the role of front line staff in providing individualised support to persons with an intellectual disability in accordance with their preferences and needs
  21. Illustrate the importance of working as part of a team in meeting the needs of persons with an intellectual disability

All learning outcomes must be assessed:

  • Assignment 60% – An assignment is an exercise carried out in response to a brief with specific guidelines as to what should be included. An assignment is usually of short duration and may be carried out over a specified period of time. There are two assignments
  • Examination – Theory 40% – An examination provides a means of assessing a learner’s ability to recall and apply knowledge, skills and understanding within a set period of time and under clearly specified conditions. A theory-based examination assesses the ability to recall, apply and understand specific theory and knowledge

Grading:

  • Pass 50% – 64%
  • Merit 65% – 79%
  • Distinction 80% – 100%

Transfer

Successful completion of this component award enables the learner to transfer to programmes leading to other certificates where this component is a mandatory or an elective requirement.