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Disability and Community Support Diploma

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  • Objectives
    The Disability and Community Support Diploma program builds on the knowledge and skills you developed in the Disability and Community Support certificate program. This additional year of study focuses on the development of more specialized knowledge and a higher level of practical ability in supporting people with disabilities. Graduates of the Disability and Community Support Diploma program have the knowledge to work in educational/community settings with individuals of all ages living with a disability.
  • Practical experience
    There are various practical courses associated with this diploma.
  • Academic Title
    Disability and Community Support Diploma
  • Course description
    Course Descriptions

    Collaborative Practices
    Explore the principles of leadership and teamwork including decision making, problem solving, conflict resolution, advocacy and lifelong development.

    Professional Practices
    This course addresses ethical and professional practices in human services, such as personal and professional boundaries, self care, stress management and the role of life long learning.

    Trends and Issues in Human Services
    Study human services from a historical perspective. Examine trends, values and issues associated with support for individuals with disabilities, and family functioning dynamics.

    Family and Society Studies
    This course addresses cultural competency as well as family functioning, parenting and learning from families. Family issues such as violence, neglect and abandonment are explored.

    Therapeutic Communication

    This course focuses on specific aspects of effective communication practices and the development of cultural sensitivity and competence.

    Individualized Program Planning
    Prerequisite: EACP 160 Introduction to Exceptionalities or equivalent. This course examines the principles of program plan development, including skills in observation, data collection, goal setting and report writing.

    Roles of the Community Support Practitioner
    This course develops the necessary skills and attitudes to work professionally and competently with people who have physical and/or developmental disabilities.

    Lifestyle and Behaviour Support
    This course focuses on principles of behaviour to help clients develop self management skills and function optimally in family and community settings.

    Promoting Health and Wellness
    This course introduces the general practice of health maintenance. Key strategies for self care and maintaining health of persons with disabilities are reviewed.

    Supporting Community Inclusion

    This course addresses inclusive planning methods and strategies for working with persons with disabilities, utilizing client’s strengths and capacities.

    Assisting in Medication Delivery for Non Medical Staff

    This course studies the medication delivery systems and the role of the non-medical staff in medication delivery.

    Advanced Topics in Exceptionalities
    Prerequisite: EACP 160, Introduction to Exceptionalities or equivalent.
    This course builds on previous knowledge and provides an in-depth examination of supportive accommodations and interventions relating to the diversity of disability classifications.

    Practicum I
    Concepts and skills learned in the classroom are applied in community settings through placement with educational/community service agencies.

    Practicum II
    Pre-requisite is Practicum I or departmental approval.

    Practicum III
    Pre-requisite is Practicum II or departmental approval.

    Introduction to e-Portfolio
    This course introduces you to e-portfolio philosophy and software. Create and maintain an e-portfolio that emphasizes your personal, educational, and career goals.

    Career Skills Evaluation
    This final course in the college success series helps you assess your employment skills and design a professional development plan as you prepare to transition from college to the workplace.

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