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HSDS 304 Introduction to Disabilities

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.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective January 7, 2008 to present

Learning outcomes


  • 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.

Fall 2023

Section Title Instructor
50 Introduction to Disabilities Coleman, Meghan Marie Books Course details