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Disability Studies and Rehabilitation Services

The Bachelor of Professional Studies degree with a concentration in Disability Studies and Rehabilitation Services are designed for students seeking to be academically and professionally grounded in a thorough understanding of the social, psychological, economic, physical, medical, and other environmental problems faced by individuals seeking disability services. The history, philosophy, legal issues, ethical issues, and agencies/facilities are also addressed through the courses. Students will also be exposed to the theme of employment – including vocational adjustment and appropriate job placement – and independent living outcomes as reaffirmed in the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1992. Rehabilitation depends heavily upon communication between both the consumer and professional and among various professionals; consequently, communication will be stressed, as well as an understanding of the potential influence of cultural diversity and individual lifestyle choices. Courses will also enable students to understand the methods used in disability services to solve consumer problems and how to utilize available resources to improve consumer access, quality of services, and decision making. Finally, a well-supervised field experience component will provide students the opportunity to integrate classroom principles and develop entry-level skills in a work setting.

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