Foundations of Practice introduces students to the theory and philosophical perspectives necessary for working with individuals who are challenged by a disabling condition. Values regarding service delivery are explored through an historical review of the disability movement and an examination of new initiatives and trends. This course also examines the role of unions, advocacy and policy and procedures in support services and introduces students to professionals from various professional infrastructure sectors including licensing and ministry personnel.   Through personal reflection and research, the roots of person centered support will be explored and students will develop their own personal and professional philosophy of support work.

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.

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.