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Working with Clients with Disabilites

Structure Type: Study unit
Code: SH00BC47
Curriculum: SH 2024K
Level: Bachelor of Nursing
Year of Study: 2 (2026)
Semester: Spring
Credits: 3 cr
Responsible Teacher: Järvelä, Tiina
Language of Instruction: English

Taking the course in advance? See the courses during the academic year 2023-2024.

Learning Outcomes

The student
- professionally masters the concepts / definitions of disability and disability and the most common manifestations
- becomes acquainted with the methods and key legislation of the treatment and rehabilitation of disabled people
- is able to work with people with disabilities and their families in multi-professional cooperation

Student's Workload

The student´s workload: 3 credit units

- 81hrs
- on the academic schedule 30 hrs
- self-learning/ self-study 51hrs

Prerequisites / Recommended Optional Courses

No previous studies required.


Developmental disability and more common developmental disabilities. Neurological, linguistic and developmental disorders. Sensory hearing and vision impairments.
Legislation related to rehabilitation. Forms of rehabilitation and assessment of functional capacity.

Regional Impact

The student is familiar with the principles of the Finnish disability policy which are equality, participation and accessibility (the Disability Services Act).


The student understands the global challenges for the services and knows the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Recommended or Required Reading and Other Learning Resources/Tools


1. Vehmas, Simo 2005. Vammaisuus. Johdatus teoriaan ja etiikkaan.
2. Manninen, Anja & Pihko, Helena 2013. Kehitysvammaisuus.
3. The Online Handbook on Disability Services. Finnish institute of helth and welfare. Online:

Material announced by the teacher.

Mode of Delivery / Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

Lecture teaching, small group assignments. Written assignment or exam.

Assessment Criteria

Grade 1-2: The student knows the most important forms of the support from the society for the disabled and the chronically ill, and recognizes their need for support in the society.

Grade 3-4: The student knows how to apply his knowledge of the benefits of the disabled into client cases. The student knows how to apply the principles of unrestrictedness and involution in a practical level.

Grade 5: The student has views on the social discussion concerning disability and he is able to see the effect of different research trends on the social discussion concerning disability.

Further Information

The student gives feedback on the course through the Spark system.