|Lecture hours per week||3|
|Lab hours per week|
This course examines Community Development and the needs of families and family members who have intellectual disabilities. Learners will investigate communities and the process of community development to build communities that include people with intellectual disabilities. Students will learn how to use Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) strategies to strengthen communities and include people at risk for marginalization. Students will also explore intentional communities for people with disabilities. The role of the DSW within community development is examined. The family component of the course examines the history of the family in a social context and the current changing needs of families. Students will learn how to support families who have intellectually disabled members. Strategies to work effectively with families are explored and evaluated. Supporting the rights of persons with a disability and their family to engage in decision making and securing equal opportunities form the foundations of this course. Current issues within family structures are investigated. Family resilience is discussed using a strengths-based perspective. Family systems theory is examined to understand roles, boundaries, context and rules. The DSW role while working effectively with families is explored.
Course Learning Outcomes
The student will reliably demonstrate the ability to: