HSDS 304

Introduction to Disabilities

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective January 7, 2008 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

Introduction to disabilities prepares students who desire to learn about and potentially work in the field of disabilities. Using a diversity model and social perspective approach, students learn about issues common to persons with diverse disabilities. Perspectives of disabilities that recognize disability as a culture and acknowledge the potential and capabilities of persons with disabilities are offered. Course materials include definitions, psychosocial considerations and societal perspectives.

Learning outcomes

General

  • Acquire a basic understanding of the etiology of common disabilities.
  • Be informed of the current research and trends in the field of disabilities including the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
  • Demonstrate the use of appropriate terminology relevant to the field of disabilities.
  • Determine the societal barriers and challenges affecting persons with disabilities.
  • Identify primary disability services related to text and web research material.
  • Learn what interventions are helpful when working and interacting with persons with disabilities.
  • Recognize the significance of individuals with disabilities in society.
  • Understand the psychosocial issues affecting persons with disabilities.