• COURSE HOURS: 3

    This interactive course will examine the definition of disability from a variety of perspectives including historical, categorical, political and social contexts. In addition to reader-friendly text and descriptive diagrams, the Learner will have the opportunity to complete enrichment activities designed to reinforce the information presented and provide personal applications of the material.

    This course provides the foundation for additional “Boosting Your Disability IQ” courses.

    Completion of the course series enables Learners to:

    • Enhance one’s knowledge and understanding of a variety of definitions of disabilities
    • Increase one’s awareness of personal, social and political issues as they relate to disability
    • Become a disability advocate

    Teaching methods: This course is provided using instructor lecture via web-based text, pictures and diagrams, enrichment activities and live web links. References and resources are be provided as well. E-mail correspondence with the instructor is encouraged but not required. There is one final exam, with the expectation of an 80% score to receive credit for the course.

    Course Goal: Learners who take this course will gain a thorough understanding of how disability is defined and understood on both a micro and macro level.

    Upon completion of this interactive online course, the learner will be able to:

    • Define disability using various criteria
    • Categorize disabilities based on fundamental characteristics
    • Delineate models of disability
    • Describe the effects of Eugenics on today’s societal perception of disabilit
    • Identify the personal, societal and professional implications of various definitions and categories of disability

  • COURSE HOURS: 2

    This interactive online continuing education course examines society’s attitudes toward disability and analyzes their effects. Through an in-depth review of prejudice and discrimination against people with disabilities, this course encourages the beginner, intermediate and advanced health care professional/paraprofessional to explore his or her own attitudes about disability and their potential impact on professional service delivery.

    In addition to reader-friendly text and descriptive diagrams, the Learner will have the opportunity to complete enrichment activities designed to reinforce the information presented and provide personal applications of the material.

    • Enhance one’s knowledge and understanding of a variety of definitions of disabilities
    • Increase one’s awareness of personal, social and political issues as they relate to disability
    • Become a disability advocate

    Teaching methods: This course is provided using instructor lecture via web-based text, pictures and diagrams, enrichment activities and live web links. References and resources are be provided as well. E-mail correspondence with the instructor is encouraged but not required. There is one final exam, with the expectation of an 80% score to receive credit for the course.

    Course Goal: Learners who take this course will gain a thorough understanding of the multifaceted relationship between people with disabilities and our society and its impact on service providers and their clients.

    Upon completion of this interactive online course, the learner will be able to:

    • Define disability using various criteria.
    • Categorize disabilities based on fundamental characteristics.
    • Delineate models of disability.
    • Describe the effects of Eugenics on today’s societal perception of disability.
    • Identify the personal, societal and professional implications of various definitions and categories of disability.


  • COURSE HOURS: 3

    This interactive online continuing education course presents the beginner, intermediate and advanced health care professional/paraprofessional with detailed information about individual responses to disability. Through an in-depth review of models of adaptation to disability and a thorough discussion of factors influencing one’s adjustment to the onset of disability, this course provides professionals with knowledge of the disability experience from the client’s perspective while preparing them to assist the client’s successful adaptation to the onset of his or her disability. In addition to reader-friendly text, the Learner will have the opportunity to complete enrichment activities designed to reinforce the information presented and provide personal applications of the material.

    This course is the third of four in the “Boosting Your Disability IQ” program.

    The completion of the course series enables Learners to:
    • Enhance one’s knowledge and understanding of a variety of definitions of disabilities
    • Increase one’s awareness of personal, social and political issues as they relate to disability
    • Become a disability advocate

    Teaching methods: This course is provided using instructor lecture via web-based text, pictures and diagrams, enrichment activities and live web links. References and resources are be provided as well. E-mail correspondence with the instructor is encouraged but not required. There is one final exam, with the expectation of an 80% score to receive credit for the course.

    Course Goal: Learners who take this course will gain a thorough understanding of the varied responses to the onset of disability and how one’s individual response may impact the provision of human services.

    Upon completion of this interactive online course, the learner will be able to:

    • Discuss factors influencing one’s response to the onset of disability
    • Analyze the effects of the onset of disability/chronic illness on people with disabilities
    • Identify components of adaptation to disability
    • Compare various models of psychosocial adaptation to disability and chronic illness
    • Outline the stage theory of adaptation/response to disability
    • Develop an awareness of and sensitivity to the individual disability experience
    • Apply models of psychosocial adaptation to disability and chronic illness in service delivery to individuals with such conditions

  • COURSE HOURS: 2

    Description
    The definitions of and concepts associated with the term disability can dramatically vary throughout different cultures across the globe. As a result, individual beliefs related to the perceived causes of disabling conditions, appropriate treatment options and or social implications of disability may differ cross-culturally as well. Such individual perceptions can dramatically affect if, when and how individuals with disabilities seek health services and how well they adjust to the onset of disability. To ensure the appropriate and responsible provision of health services to individuals with differing cultural perspectives, practitioners must understand cultural variations in beliefs and behaviors related to disability.

    This interactive online continuing education course prepares the beginner, intermediate and advanced health care professional/paraprofessional to successfully provide culturally competent disability-related services to clients from culturally diverse backgrounds. Through an in-depth review of various cultural perspectives of disability and a thorough discussion of culturally competent practice techniques, professionals will gain knowledge, insight and confidence in treating and meeting the needs of a diverse clientele.

    This course is the last of four in the “Boosting Your Disability IQ” program.

    Course Goal: Learners who take this course will gain a thorough understanding of cultural perspectives of disability, their impact on the provision of human services and how to effectively care for individuals with disabilities from various cultural backgrounds.

    Series Objectives:

    Completion of the course series enables Learners to:

    • Enhance one’s knowledge and understanding of a variety of definitions of disabilities
    • Increase one’s awareness of personal, social and political issues as they relate to disability
    • Become a disability advocate

    Course Objectives


    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
    • Develop an awareness of and sensitivity to individuals with differing cultural perspectives of disability
    • Summarize various global perspectives of causation and the social impact of disability
    • Identify key differences between various cultural definitions and perceptions of disability
    • Design, plan and facilitate culturally competent services for a diversity of clients with disabilities
    • Describe and apply the cultural broker model