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Do you know the correct approach to take with a person who is disabled? Do you worry about using the wrong language or being patronising? Do you speak to the ‘person’ or their ‘carer’? Do you assume that a person with a disability always needs assistance? If these are questions you ask yourself then this Understanding Disability Etiquette distance learning course can help give you good advice and information when dealing with a work situation or socially meeting someone who has a disability.

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.

Qualifications Gained

  • Portobello Institute Certificate in Disability Etiquette

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.

Course Structure

As this is a distance learning course the student works at their own pace.  Each student has 6 months to complete this course.

Course Delivery

  • Online Learning Centre (requires internet access), or
  • By Post (note that there is an admin fee of €30 for postal students)

Course Content Units

  1. The incidence of disability
  2. The different ways to communicate with a person who uses a wheelchair
  3. How to relax around people with disabilities
  4. Use of language and terminology
  5. Myths an fears surrounding mobility difficulties
  6. Inclusion
  7. Changing attitudes, being aware

Assessment Criteria

One short assignment will be required to successfully complete this course.



Name: Understanding Disability Etiquette. Distance Learning

Cost: 165 Euro

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Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • Students can commence at any time
  • Study at your own pace

Additional Course Costs

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  • Postal students only: There is a €30 admin fee for covering the cost of post and printed material