Further education for Exercise Physiologists and Physiotherapists

Working effectively in the NDIS: Intellectual Disability

ESSA Accredited: 7 CPD Points


Course Details

Blended Learning

Module 1: Online
Module 2-4: Face to face

Course Duration

This is a one day course with 2 hours of online modules to be completed prior

Accredited for CPD Points

7 CPD Points

Next course dates:

NSW: North Strathfield, Sydney

Friday 25th March, 2022 (9am – 4pm)
Saturday 26th March, 2022 (9am – 4pm)


2022 dates tbc


2022 dates tbc

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Course Description

Active Ability is pleased to present ‘Working effectively in the NDIS: Intellectual Disability’. This course has been designed by our co-directors who have 20 + years combined experience working in the disability sector. Active Ability has successfully supported over 2,000 NDIS clients, and this course has been designed to share that experience with you.

This course includes the following modules:

Module 1: Intellectual Disability

An online module that will allow you to develop an understanding of the pathophysiology and key presentations of a range of syndromes that present with an intellectual disability.

Module 2: NDIS

Key information regarding the NDIS that is necessary to provide a participant with an excellent allied health intervention, including key definitions, how to read a plan, funding categories & record keeping requirements.

Module 3: Intellectual Disability & Exercise Interventions

Explore the evidence related to increased presentation of risk factors, multimorbidity and lower life expectancy in those living with an intellectual disability. Review the evidence-based practice recommendations for the efficacy of exercise for people living with disability

Module 4: Case Studies

Review three case studies to develop your skills in assessment, intervention and report writing for people with intellectual disability.

Why trust us?

Active Ability are a leading national provider of exercise physiology, dietetic and physiotherapy services (you can check us out here!). Your presenters have over 20 years of combined experience supporting the disability community. Our core focus at Active Ability is to empower the disability community, and we strongly believe that upskilling other health care professionals to provide exceptional quality services within the disability community is part of our strategy to achieving our core focus.

Our training is valued and highly recommended, see our reviews below:


“I attended Active Ability’s Course Working effectively in the NDIS: Intellectual Disability. It was a great workshop looking at the work of EP’s within NDIS tailored for intellectual disability which I didn’t have much experience or knowledge of prior. It was really interesting to learn about different conditions I personally never knew of. It was really helpful to then do some prac work/case studies looking at real cases and going through the steps of the role of EPs. Kara and Amanda also went through the history of the NDIS in detail and the steps of what’s needed when receiving a referral for a participant with intellectual disability. This is an extremely great insight for those wanting to delve into NDIS. It was a small class which made it much more personal and better to receive specialised feedback. I really enjoyed this class not only due to what I learnt, but how it was delivered by Kara and Amanda with a lot of open discussions and jokes too. Definitely worth it – if you’re an EP interested in working within the NDIS you need to learn from the best – Active Ability!”

– Laura

“I would highly recommend Active Ability’s Working Effectively Within The NDIS: Intellectual Disability online course if you are looking to further your knowledge and skills within this area. This course covers a wide variety of intellectual disabilities that as a new graduate Exercise Physiologist, I did not have much knowledge around and experience with. This course is super easy to follow and interactive, with all the information delivered being pivotal in being able to provide individualised and appropriate support for all individuals with such disabilities”

– Emily

“I really enjoyed this online module and found it extremely beneficial as a new grad just starting in the workforce. The videos and media included were very engaging and made the learning experience a lot easier! It has enabled me to understand intellectual disabilities in more depth and allowed me to have a great depth of knowledge of my clients ‘ conditions and how I can improve my exercise interventions.”

– Isabel

“I found the ID modules really beneficial and extremely informative as a new graduate physiotherapist. The modules were very engaging and provided great insight into the pathophysiology that underlies each intellectual disability. The videos also helped me to understand what it is like to live or support a person with ID as well as how we can best assist our clients as physiotherapists to reach their goals.”

– Ella

“I was able to implement a lot from the intellectual disability course. I think I understand more about the foundational principles of the NDIS. I’ve since started to ask more questions to myself regarding “is it reasonable and necessary” during my exercise delivery and focusing more on primary disability when I am writing an annual review report.

I believe my vision and practical approach to my participants have changed significantly. After the Intellectual disability course, I was able to see what I need to improve on apart from face to face to face sessions. I became more confident in connecting with key stakeholders and discussing better long term treatment options with them.

I was inspired by Kara and Amanda’s competency, energy, and passion for helping people in need. It was worth the time and effort to come and learn from experienced EP.”

– Andrew

“I wouldn’t recommend any EP try to navigate the NDIS without first attending this course. The content was informative and relevant. The practical work at the end of the day was invaluable, especially planning how you intended to use the allocated hours. Thanks again.”

– Tony