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PSY 212 - Psychology of Developmental Disabilities

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: PSY 101  

This course reviews the effects physical and mental challenges/disabilities have on the individual, family, education, employment and public accomondations. Coping skills, technological and online supports, professional issues, and federal laws dealing with disabling conditions, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Americans with Disabilities Act are included. Emphasis is on research and support techniques for people with disabilities, their families, schools, employers and public accommodations. Ethical issues are also considered.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Define causes and treatments of major disabilities.
  2. Describe the technological supports and coping/compensation skills required for the person and the person’s family, school, employer and public accommodations.
  3. Apply the legal requirements regarding education, employment and public accommodations for people with physical and mental challenges.
  4. Outline professional issues that support personnel encounter with this population, their families and employers.
  5. Identify legal and ethical issues related to persons with physical disabilities.
  6. Identify legal and ethical issues related to research with persons with physical disabilities.
  7. Prioritize ways to resolve conflicts among families and providers and people with disabilities.
  8. Explain technological advances that assist this population and ways to procure them.

 Listed Topics

  1. Physical and psychological needs of persons with physical and mental challenges
  2. Psychological reactions and adjustment to congenital vs adventitious disabilities
  3. Working with families, schools, public accommodations and employers of persons with physical and mental challenges
  4. Expectations and identity issues for persons with disabilities
  5. Resources for persons with disabilities, their families, educators, employers and public accommodations
  6. Professional issues for support personnel dealing with this population
  7. Ethical and legal considerations regarding persons with disabilities
  8. Ethical and legal considerations related to research with persons with physical disabilities
  9. Technological advances and procurement strategies for the technological advances for this population
Reference Materials
Currently recognized texts, videos, internet resources, handouts and library resources.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 10/11/2019

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