“See the person, not the label.” Dr. Temple Grandin.
Using an interdisciplinary perspective, this course will develop your understanding of individuals who have disabling conditions relevant to careers in health, educational, rehabilitation, and human service professions. You will learn about the causes, outcomes, and intervention of commonly occurring disabilities and health conditions (e.g., congenital disabilities, diabetes, spinal cord injuries). You also will explore how disabilities interact with the broader context including life stage, family, culture, society, and environment using an international classification of function and disability. Relevant prevention, intervention, and culturally competent approaches will be addressed.
What will you gain by taking Disability across the Lifespan? In this course you will learn: 1) the characteristics, causes, and major treatment approaches of representative disabilities and how they affect cognitive, physical, or psychosocial development at various life stages; 2) how the effects of the broader developmental, cultural, environmental contexts may facilitate or hinder function and outcomes when an individual has a disability; and 3) transferable skills to observe, analyze, and communicate the effects of context (e.g. life stage, culture, environment) on individuals with disabilities.
Field WorkCountry: Ghana
Date: April 3, 2019
Learn and experience rehabilitation programs at the Sister Elizabeth Newman Catholic Orthopedic Center. Interact with students through a service project and lunch.
1. Understand challenges and supports relative to families with disabilities in Ghana including issues such as to urban-rural families, income and poverty, health and family policies.
2. Interact with students at the OTC program.
3. Participate in a service project.
4. Analyze the positive and negative impacts of people and organizations from “developed countries” on Ghanaians