City University of Hong Kong
Information on a Course
offered by Department of Applied Social Sciences with effect from Semester A in 2014/2015
Course Title: Working with People with Disabilities
Course Code: SS4216
Course Duration: One Semester
No. of Credit Units: 3
Medium of Instruction:
English, supplemented by Cantonese/Putonghua in live demonstration, skills rehearsal, and role-play
Medium of Assessment: English
Prerequisites: (Course Code and Title): Nil
Precursors: (Course Code and Title): Nil
Equivalent Courses: (Course Code and Title): Nil Exclusive Courses: (Course Code and Title): Nil
1. Course Aims
This course aims to equip students with the values and attitudes, basic concepts, and knowledge concerning with disability; and the relevant approaches and skills in working with disabled people.
2. Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs)
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
No. CILOs Weighting
1. Describe the psychosocial implications of disability, and explore the characteristics and needs of disabled people;
25% 2. Critically examine the basic concepts of impairment,
disability, handicap and functioning; and the goals of rights-based, barrier free and inclusive society;
3. Explore current issues and future trends of services and policies concerning disabled people; and critically examine selected rehabilitation services in Hong Kong through critical discussions and reflections; and
4. Examine critically selected intervention strategies, rehabilitation alternatives, and social work skills; and provide creative and practical solutions in working with disabled people, their families and communities.
3. Teaching and Learning Activities (TLAs)
(Indicative of likely activities and tasks designed to facilitate students’ achievement of the CILOs. Final details will be provided to students in their first week of attendance in this course)
CILO No. TLA1 TLA2 TLA3 Hours / course (if applicable)
CILO 1 √ √
CILO 2 √ √
CILO 3 √ √ √
CILO 4 √ √
TLA1: Mini Lectures
Mini lectures with multi-media materials on values, concepts and theories concerning disability.
Workshop environment is provided where students present and discuss concepts, values, attitudes, and knowledge concerning disability openly and creatively, making reference to practice experiences and case examples.
TLA3: Field Visits
4. Assessment Tasks/Activities
(Indicative of likely activities and tasks designed to assess how well the students achieve the CILOs. Final details will be provided to students in their first week of attendance in this course)
CILO No. Type of Assessment Tasks/Activities
Weighting (if applicable) State CILOS in
CILO 1-4 AT1: Participation and
CILO 1-4 AT2: Group presentation 30%
CILO 1-4 AT3: Individual paper 50%
AT1: Participation and workshop discussion (20%)
Workshop discussions on mini-lecture, multi-media demonstrations, guest lectures, field visits, role plays and group exercises on relevant theories, and service delivery models are provided.
AT2: Group presentation (30%)
Group presentation on a selected issue concerning disability and social work practice, with critical appraisal and integration of the theoretical relevance and observations, and based on evidence-based information.
AT3: Individual paper (50%)
Individual paper of around 2000 words to explore and investigate selected themes of disability issues and practice with special focus on integration of theoretical and practice issues in relation to a selected situation is required.
5. Grading of Student Achievement: Refer to Grading of Courses in the Academic Regulations
Grading criteria in relation to CILOs
A+ A A-
Excellent demonstration of the student’s ability to appropriately integrate concepts and knowledge of disability and critically analyze different disability issues. Main ideas are original and innovative. The presentation of the work is systematic, logical and creative. Excellent grasp of the teaching materials and social work intervention methods in relation to disability. Excellent and active participation in class discussion and fieldwork.
B+ B B-
Good demonstration of the student’s ability to appropriately integrate concepts and knowledge of disability and critically analyze different disability issues. Main disability issues or principles are clearly elaborated with support of sufficient evidence in the work. Many ideas are stated after critical reflection and creative integration. The presentation of the work is clear and logical. Good understanding of the teaching materials and social work intervention methods in relation to disability. Active participation in class discussion and fieldwork.
C+ C C-
Adequate understanding of the subject. Main disability issues or principles are explored and clearly elaborated with general evidence support. Some ideas are shown after critical reflection. The presentation of the work is systematic, but some irrelevant. General participation in class discussion and fieldwork.
D Limited understanding of the subject. Main disability issues or principles are elaborated in a general way. Little ideas are shown after reflection. The presentation of the work is unclear and illogical. Little participation in class discussion and fieldwork.
F Little evidence of familiarity with the subject matter. Main disability issues or principles are poorly elaborated. Little ideas are shown after reflection. The presentation of the work is irrelevant. Little participation in class discussion and fieldwork.
1. Keyword Syllabus
Values and concepts and their impact on professional practice: World Health Organization ICIDH and ICF; inclusion, barrier free, rights based society
Major approaches in working with disabled people: social model versus individual/medical model, independent living / self-help / empowerment, community based rehabilitation versus institution based rehabilitation, barrier-free environment and information technology, sheltered employment versus community workshop/social firm employment, legislation (anti-discrimination), public education.
Skills training: social skills, adaptive skills, vocational skills, and relationship skills, handling of challenging behaviours and psychosocial issues, attention deficit, and disruptive behaviour.
Sexuality and disability: sexual harassment, dating, marriage, family, child rearing, sterilization, self-image and quality of life.
Disability service settings: the role of a social worker in a multi-discipline team, community based rehabilitation service, self-help organization, and residential setting; managerial approaches versus user's perspectives.
Intervention skills: holistic approach in rehabilitation; skills in working with parent and sibling for disabled people, application of multi-approaches and strategies for behaviour control; application of groupwork skills in working with social groups for disabled people, conducting parent training groups in rehabilitation service, community approaches and public education.
Access, transport, built environment and information communication technology: barrier-free legislation and its enforcement, public education.
Advocacy with disabled people: skills in advocacy and community empowerment, anti-discrimination and advocacy.
2. Recommended Reading
Barnes, C. (1991). Disabled people in Britain and discrimination: A case for
anti-discrimination legislation, London: Hurst.
Barnes, C., & Mercer, G. (Eds.). (1997). Doing disability research. Leeds: The Disability Press.
Barnes, C., & Mercer, G. (2003). Disability. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Barnes, C., & Mercer, G. (2010). Exploring disability: A sociological introduction (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Polity.
Health and Welfare Branch (1995). White paper on rehabilitation – equal opportunities
and full participation: A better tomorrow for all. Hong Kong: Government.
Health, Welfare and Food Bureau (2007). Hong Kong rehabilitation programme plan
(2005-2007). Hong Kong: Government.
Johnstone, D. (2001). An introduction to disability studies (2nd ed.). London: David Fulton.
Mackelprang, R. W., & Salsgiver, R. O. (2009). Disability: A diversity model approach
in human service practice (2nd ed.). Chicago: Lyceum Books.
Oliver, M. (1990). The politics of disablement. London: Macmillan.
Oliver, M., & Sapey, B. (2006). Social work with disabled people (3rd ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Swain, J. (Ed.). (1993). Disabling barriers: Enabling environments. London: Sage in association with the Open University.
United Nations (2006). Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. Retrieved from http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/rights/convtexte.htm
香港復康聯會 (2009). 聯合國《殘疾人權利公約》普及版 (第三版). 香港: 香港復康 聯會.