Learn more about disability with these free online courses

Free online coursesWould you, or your staff, like to develop a better understanding of disability? Or are you a trustee or volunteer particularly working with disabled people?

Two free online courses which you can take in your own time are being offered this summer on the FutureLearn platform (owned by The Open University) — and they look from the course description to be very good introductions to issues surrounding disability.

Thinking through disability

The course aims are to enable you to:

  • identify how understandings of people with disabilities have changed over time
  • critically reflect on changing understandings of disability
  • identify core concepts in the social understanding of disability
  • appreciate the intersections between individual, social, political and cultural aspects of disability
  • understand what a good life might mean for a diversity of people, including people with disabilities.

The course is suitable for both beginners and experts and people with disabilities and their family members, friends and allies as well as others (see the course description for more details). The course is provided by the University of New South Wales Australia through the UK’s FutureLearn, so will include a global perspective.

Disability and a good life: Working with disability

This is the follow on course to Thinking through disability and starts on 1 August 2016 — don’t worry though if you are on holiday, you can join at a later date. Read the full course description here.

About FutureLearn

FutureLearn is the UK’s main provider of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and is a wholly owned company of the Open University. There has been an explosion in MOOCs since around 2012 and there is now a huge range of subjects available. Courses are provided by leading universities and professional bodies hosted by MOOC providers such as FutureLearn. Other well known MOOC providers include EdX, Coursera and iVersity, plus the Open University’s own Open Learn platform.

FutureLearn courses, like most MOOCs, are free. It is also possible to pay to have an accreditation certificate if you wish and you meet the course completion requirements, but this is purely optional. Some MOOC providers also offer additional paid courses.

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