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DSW 1125   Understanding Disabilities   Credits: 2

In this course, students will explore and examine past and future socio-political practices and their impact on persons with a developmental disability. Examination of the various models and theories of disability will result in a better understanding of the disability experience by engaging in critical self reflection. Students will be able to apply new terminology and concepts which build on the students' ethical responsibilities in the field of disability, specifically persons with a developmental disability. Based on the medical model, the incidence, prevalence, prevention, etiology and classification systems will be examined. Upon course completion, the emphasis on a new theoretical lens will provide students with the initial skill sets to enable appropriate support and empowerment for all persons with a disability and their families.

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