SPED 101 - Introduction to Developmental Disabilities
3 Semester Hour Credits
Course Description: This course examines the diverse forms of developmental disabilities (DD), legal and ethical factors when working in the DD profession, common philosophies of service to individuals with DD, and developing/planning a team when providing service to individuals with DD.
Schedule: Fall and summer semesters.This course follows the traditional on-campus schedule for beginning and ending dates.
Delivery Method: Online. Students are not expected to come to campus anytime.
Prerequisite Courses: None
Instructor: Brandi Rudland
Textbook: Book Information through the DCB Bookstore.
Other Materials: None
Course Objectives: It is expected that students will be able to:
- Explain the differences and similarities between individuals with disabilities and the difference between being disabled and having a disability.
- Identify a variety of causes of disabilities.
- Recognize and describe basic characteristics of learning disabilities and a variety of developmental disabilities to include: mental retardation, epilepsy, autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, and syndromes such as Down, Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Fragile X, and Tourettes Syndrome.
- Describe the role of advocating for individuals with disabilities.
- Provide reasons for caregivers to serve as role models to those receiving services.
- Define legal blindness and describe strategies in caring for individuals with deaf-blindness.
- Explain the historical trends of attitudes towards individuals with disabilities.
- Understand the impacts of North Dakota lawsuits, the ARC Lawsuit, Olmstead Decision, on individuals with disabilities.
- Recognize the importance of communication skills and identity alternative methods of communication.
- Describe the legal rights and human rights of people guaranteed by the Constitution.
- Explicate the purpose of a Person Centered Planning team and Identify member of this team.
- Communicate the purpose of Case Management and list the five major functions it performs.
- Describe the Normalization Principle and the concept of the social role valorization.
- List and explain right mandated by Title XIX and the Council on Quality and Leadership in Supports for People with disabilities and their implications on services for people with DD.
- Identify causes of abuse, neglect, and exploitation and explain the reporting process.
- Understand the role of families and explore strategies to communicate, collaborate and cooperate with members to include conflict resolution and risk management.
Work Expectations: Each student is expected to log in to the course at regular intervals necessary for the following ungraded and graded work:
- Assigned reading from the textbook for each lesson
- Review of the instructor's notes required for each lesson
- Supplemental information as needed and provided in web links
- Discussion topics for each lesson3 additional assignments and one project, all submitted on line by completion of the course
- A course project
- Quizzes for each of the 10 lessons for the purpose of review and assessment. (These may be resubmitted once, if additional review is required.)
- A total of 3 exams, which includes the final test
- The duration of each lesson varies between one and two weeks, depending on the content.
- Work is submitted through Moodle.
Exams - Policies & Procedures:
- Exams will be offered at the time chosen by the student within the designated dates and times following Lesson 3, Lesson 7 and Lesson 10 (final exam). The exams are taken online, at one sitting, time limited and may not be resubmitted. The student may use any computer with Internet access. No proctor is required. The final test is comprehensive.
- Quizzes and exams consist of a combination of drag and drop, matching, multiple choice and true & false questions.
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