Autism and Developmental Disabilities

BSHS235 - Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Credits: 3

The course introduces students to developmental disabilities including intellectual disabilities, autism, health impairments, learning disabilities, and emotional and behavioral disorders. This course in intended to increase students’ awareness of challenges presented to individuals with developmental disabilities in everyday situations. Educational and treatment approaches for people with ASD/DD are critically examined. Topics include, the social role of the disabled person and his/her family, adaptation, stress, treatment, advocacy, and the unique issues faced by individuals who are mainstreamed into the community. Students will explore their own beliefs and biases regarding people with disabilities and their role as agents of change in society.