The Certificate in Supporting a Wheelchair User distance learning course in intended to give the student an insight into the issues around mobility disabilities and how to best support a person who is a wheelchair user. This course explores the barriers experienced by people with mobility disabilities such as spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis and motor neuron disease to name but a few. Do we see the person first or the wheelchair? What are the practical factors involved in transport shopping, socialising, sport and holidaying for these individuals? This course aims to teach the student how to treat a wheelchair user with dignity and respect, always thinking about the person first and the disability second.
By choosing to study this course with Portobello Institute, students will have access to course materials from our online learning centre for the duration of the course. The course materials for this certified course are thorough and easy to read and can be downloaded in your own time and from the comfort of your own home. You will also be assigned a personal tutor for the duration of the course who will help you with any challenges you may encounter. In addition you will be able to upload assignments online and receive online feedback. You can use our online learning centre from any computer that has internet access. However, access to a computer is not compulsory as we can arrange for everything to be processed by post. There is an administration fee of €30 for this service.
•Portobello Institute Certificate in Supporting a Wheelchair User
Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.
As this is a distance learning course the students works at their own pace. Each student has 6 months to complete this course.
•Online Learning Centre (requires internet access), or
•By Post (note that there is an admin fee of €30 for postal students)
Course Content Modules
1.The incidence of physical disability leading to mobility difficulties
2.The different ways to communicate with a person who uses a wheelchair
3.Guidelines on ‘Best Practice’
4.How best to support a wheelchair user, approached to different situations
5.Use of language and terminology
6.Myths and fears surrounding mobility difficulties
7.The type of physical training available and necessary for carers (Health and Safety)
One short assignment will be required to successfully complete this course.
Who is the course aimed at?
This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in understanding disability etiquette be it a personal or professional interest.
Portobello Institute offers a number of short distance learning courses including:
•FETAC Special Needs Education (Level 5)
•Mental Health Awareness (Level 5)
•Intellectual Disability Studies (Level 5)
•Social Care Studies (Level 5)