Disability Issues

Level: Professional Development – QLS Level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Disability Issues to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

In a truly inclusive society, differences and diversity are celebrated, equal opportunity is freely available and ability, not impairment, is what is noticed. This course aims to give an overview of disability in the context of today’s society; to encourage you to really think about disability and to help to demystify common perceptions and beliefs about people with disabilities. You will complete this course with a wide-ranging knowledge of the issues and dilemmas people face on a daily basis and hopefully with an enhanced understanding and empathy.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
      • History of Disability
      • Treatment
      • Image and Classification
      • Disability Models
      • Defining Disability
      • Barriers
      • Spotlight: Douglas Bader
  • Lesson Two
    • Politics and Disability
      • Disability Rights Movement
      • Rights, not Charity
      • The Disability Discrimination Act 1995
      • The Equality Act 2010
      • Spotlight: Helen Keller
  • Lesson Three
    • Disability in the Media
      • Media Categories
      • Spotlight: Robert David Hall
  • Lesson Four
    • Work, Rest and Play
      • Work
      • Rest
      • Play
      • Spotlight: Tanni Grey-Thompson
  • Lesson Five
    • Care
      • Standards of Care
      • The NHS under Pressure
      • The Alternative
      • Spotlight: The Carers
  • Lesson Six
    • Disability Etiquette
      • Language
      • Etiquette Guidelines
      • Good Customer Care
      • Spotlight: Adam Hill
  • Lesson Seven
    • Empowerment and Advocacy
      • Citizenship
      • Political Rights
      • Empowerment
      • Advocacy
      • Spotlight: Lord Alf Morris
  • Lesson Eight
    • Coming to Terms with Disability
      • Adjustment
      • The Negative
      • Learning to Cope
      • Double Discrimination
      • Gender
      • Spotlight: Teddy Pendergrass
  • Lesson Nine
    • Independence and Inclusion
      • Independence
      • Importance of Control
      • Inclusion
      • Spotlight: Assistance Dogs
  • Lesson Ten
    • Positive Interaction and Intervention
      • Enabling Intervention
      • The Care Professional
      • The Business Professional
      • The Individual
      • Spotlight: Dr Ludwig Guttman

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.

*Registration fee included.