HSDS 306

Community Resources and Services for Persons with Disabilities

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 26, 2006 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

Community Resources and Services for People with Disabilities employs a two-fold approach to learning about resources that people with disabilities use. The course provides an overview of public and non-profit resources that provide services for a diverse range of disabilities. In addition to learning about resources, students critically examine agency functions including how well these resources promote independence and inclusion in society for people with disabilities. Advocacy skills that promote self-determination relevant to people with disabilities is also a focus in this course.

Learning outcomes


  • Analyze the effectiveness of community disability resources and services in communities.
  • Describe local and regional programs designed to assist persons with disabilities in their communities.
  • Examine how community resources and services are funded and organized.
  • Explore the paradigms in medical, educational, financial, and personal services relevant to persons with disabilities.
  • Identify federal and state programs that provide services for persons with disabilities.
  • Know how to advocate for change.
  • Recognize quality resources and services.
  • Strategize how to implement quality resources and services in communities.
  • Understand how societal attitudes contribute to the integration and empowerment of persons with disabilities.
  • Value the philosophy of interdependence

Spring 2021

Section Title Instructor
50 Community Resources and Services for Persons with Disabilities Miller, Nancy Books Course details