Introduction to Intellectual Disability Care

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The aim of this module is to introduce key concepts in intellectual disability and to enable the student to explore the needs of individuals with an ID with regards to health and illness within a biopsychosocial framework. This module is suitable for individuals who have a keen interest in the field of intellectual disabilities and wish to further their knowledge and understanding of the issues facing people with intellectual disabilities and their families. It is particularly useful for individuals with a social care background who may want to work in intellectual disability services in the future.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module the students should be able to:

  • Critically explore the definitions and causes of disability and impairment
  • Examine the evolution of care for individuals with Intellectual Disability in Ireland
  • Critically discuss the physical health care needs of children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Examine ethical, legal and political issues relevant in intellectual disabilities within the national and international context
  • Examine the key concepts in mental health and illness for people with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Critically explore the concept of challenging behaviour in Intellectual Disability Care
  • Critically explore the use of technologies and applications for a person with an intellectual disability


Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or equivalent. Students over 23 years of age may be exempted from this requirement if they can demonstrate that they are suitable candidates for the course

of study. Please see more information on Entry Requirements in the Student Information Section.

* This is a 10 credit module.   On completion students will receive a Statement of ECTS Credits Earned.  


Delivery: 12 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday 6 – 9pm

Cost: €430


  • Address Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford
  • Phone 051 302040
  • Category Healthcare, Medical & Healthcare
  • Location Co. Waterford

Course Information

Course Information
  • Cost €430
  • Course Length 12 weeks
  • Start date September


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