This course explores philosophy, history and language connected with being of service to individuals with disabilities. The course explores a variety of forms of disability.

In this highly interactive course you will have an opportunity to experience and explore person centred approaches for the work you will do with children and adults with disabilities. We'll delve into a deeper understanding of behaviour as communication and develop a keen sense of respectful service that honours both the individual you are supporting and the context in which that support is offered.

This course is designed to encourage you to become clearer about how your support philosophy will show up in positive ways in your work. We'll also explore issues related to social skillfulness, abuse prevention and the ethics of touch. And we'll practice the art and science of documentation as we write about it all.

This course focuses on integration of children into inclusive school situations with an emphasis on guidance approaches, teaching strategies, curriculum adaptation and the interrelationship of assessment and curriculum. Child development principles provide the basis for program planning and implementation. The importance of cultural diversity and the role of the educational assistant are stressed.

In this course you will explore alternative and augmentative forms of communication for people who may or may not use words to speak. You'll be introduced to scripts, signing, adaptive equipments and visual learning strategies. And you'll have an opportunity to learn about new technologies with special guests bringing in the latest in computerized speech language supports.

Being heard is a fundamental human right. Your learning in this course will support you to assist individuals to have their voice heard. With respect, sensitivity and clarity.

Valuable Resources for all Human Services Department Students

This course provides students with an opportunity to work and observe in an educational or community living setting under the direction of college instructors and on-site staff.

The focus of this practicum is to provide students with an opportunity to interact with children or adults with challenging conditions, to develop objective documentation skills and to observe the techniques and procedures used by on-site staff.

A seminar, CCSW 179, will allow students time for integration of their work experience and peer support.