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H SER 231 - Disability Issues and Practices

2 Credits

This course presents an overview of the historical and societal context in which individuals with disabilities are marginalized, discusses the major groupings of disabilities, and offers numerous models of practice for human services professionals. It addresses policy, theory and practice, focusing on disability from an empowerment perspective rather than the dysfunction of disability.


Quarters Typically Offered
Fall Online
Designed to Serve Professional-Technical students in Human Services. Transfer students as part of an emphasis area.
Active Date 20200330T21:15:28

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 22
Total Contact Hours 22
Degree Distributions:
ProfTech Course Yes
Restricted Elective Yes
Course Outline
I. The Meanings and History of Disability in Society

II. Traditional Approaches to Disability: Moral v. Medical Models 

III. Disability Laws and Policies

IV. Disability Culture

V. Early Interventions

VII. Educational, social and academic supports

VIII. Human Service Practice Framerwork 



Student Learning Outcomes
Explain how societal perceptions and social policies impact opportunities for and expectations of individuals with disabilities

Discuss the impact of disability on human development and human behavior

Compare and contrast the disability culture and other cultures such as racial and ethnic culture

Discuss the historical foundations of the laws, policies, practices and the key legislation that affect the lives of individuals with disabilities

Describe the primary disability groups and their implications for family, school, work, and community participation

Discuss the roles and functions of human services professionals in meeting the needs of individuals with disabilities and their families

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