MOOC encourages learners to rethink disability

Griffith University launches free online course to raise awareness of the importance of participation for all

Griffith University, a public research university in South East Queensland, Australia, and UK-based social learning platform FutureLearn, have launched a free Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) that enables learners to see how rehabilitation counsellors help people with a disability realise their vocational potential.

Griffith University’s Rehabilitation Counselling and Case Management experts, Dr Vanette McLennan and Dr Christine Randall lead the global discussion on the benefits of enabling people with disadvantage or disability to participate fully in society.

“Unfortunately there are many misconceptions regarding what disability actually is and what the barriers are for people with disability in the workplace and in the community. Discrimination and stigmatisation are still huge barriers for people and through this course, we want to challenge the myths and assumptions that exist. 

“People don’t realise how much workplaces and communities benefit when everyone has the opportunity to participate fully in our society. Too often, misconceptions about disability get in the way. Workplace attitudes, flexibility and technologies can make a real difference. It’s about raising awareness of the importance of participation for all,” says Dr McLennan.

“By looking at real-life case scenarios, including people with physical disabilities as well as those with less visible disabilities, we can help course participants to challenge assumptions and rethink what is possible for people with disability in their communities and workplaces.”

People don’t realise how much workplaces and communities benefit when everyone has the opportunity to participate fully in our society

Available on social learning platform FutureLearn, ‘Realising Career Potential: Rethinking Disability’ will connect individuals from around the world to come together to discuss key issues in disability today. They will hear from Griffith University experts on how they can be part of a global movement to promote more equal access to community participation and meaningful employment for people with injury, disability and disadvantage. 

The course takes around three hours per week to complete, though learners can complete the course at their own pace. The learning modules are in bite-sized chunks and available 24/7 to enable flexible study.

Dr McLennan added: “The course is designed for anyone concerned about disability, including health professionals, students and researchers, as well as people with disability. It’s also a great opportunity for people who want to explore the role of the Rehabilitation Counsellor in helping clients realise their career potential after injury or illness.

“We provide learners with the knowledge and skills to enable them to make a difference. Using a wide range of interactive learning methods such as videos and discussions, we explain the case for improved workplace and community participation and how everyone is able to contribute.” 

 ‘Realising Career Potential: Rethinking Disability’ is open for enrolment now.