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The Nature of Intellectual Disability

Course Code DSWP-115
Lecture hours per week 3
Lab hours per week
Course Availability: Open

The Nature of Disability reviews common disabling conditions found in the Field of Intellectual Disability and valued DSW responses.  Examples of disabling conditions include but are not limited to: dual diagnosis, people who have challenging behaviour, older people who have an intellectual disability, people who have complex health and multiple impairments, and people on the Autism Spectrum. The course will analyze both society’s and the service system’s responses to groups of people.   People’s needs are analyzed within a framework of:  individualization, autonomy, Human Rights, devaluation, negative historic roles, and age and life stage, and life experiences.  The course will present a strong framework and focus on not stereotyping but providing opportunities to include people in valued, typical society.  The students will learn various ways to promote valued roles, personal and developmental growth, autonomy and rights.

Course Learning Outcomes

The student will reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Identify how the history of the field of developmental disabilities in Ontario impacts current delivery of services
  2. Describe how marginalization impacts the provision of support for people with developmental disabilities
  3. Advocate for access to health resources and apply strategies to enhance health and well being for people with developmental disabilities
  4. Apply knowledge of the bio-psychosocial  and spiritual factors to promote the health and well being of people with developmental disabilities across the lifespan
  5. Describe the etiology and characteristics of various developmental disabilities, syndromes, mental health disorder and disorders and duel diagnoses and the implications for support
  6. Identify the factors affecting prevalence of dual diagnosis.
  7. Conduct a functional behavioural assessment
Course Outline