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DIS 100 Disability in Home and Community

Course Description: This course examines concepts of ability and disability in a diverse and changing society. By examining historical, philosophical, legal and social perspectives on disability, students are introduced to the interactions among society, families, communities and cultures that impact the lives of children and adults with disabilities. Through guided field experiences, students will observe and reflect on different aspects of ability and disability in home and community, including the development of personal identity, literature and media presentations, and implications for persons with disabilities in the 21" century. The role of the human service professional as an agent of social change and empowerment will be explored. During this course, students will be challenged to examine disability in the context of a diverse community where all participants can participate fully as members. Four classes will be held in face-to-face sessions, interspersed with interactive, on-line learning experiences.


4 credits