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Disability and Community Support
Courses and Descriptions
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Year 1
Term 1 Course Name Credit Hours
  DCSP-1001 Academic Communication 3
  DCSP-1003 Interpersonal Communication 3
  DCSP-1012 Human Services: Values & Issues 3
  DCSP-1018 Supported Community Living 3
  DCSP-1030 Health & Personal Care 3
  DCSP-1087 Practicum-Residential 3
  DCSP-1281 Practicum-Employment/Day Service 3
  DCSP-2000 Understanding Complex Behaviour 3
  PRAC-1275 Practicum Seminar 1 2
  PSYC-1001 Introduction to Psychology 3
Term 2 Course Name Credit Hours
  DCSP-1001 Academic Communication 3
  DCSP-1003 Interpersonal Communication 3
  DCSP-1006 Applied Teaching & Learning 3
  DCSP-1007 Exploring Disabilities 3
  DCSP-1009 Employment & Disability 3
  DCSP-1014 Medications 3
  DCSP-1087 Practicum-Residential 3
  DCSP-1281 Practicum-Employment/Day Service 3
  DCSP-2004 Sexuality 3
  DCSP-2276 Practicum Seminar 2 2
Year 2
Term 3 Course Name Credit Hours
  DCSP-2001 Advocacy & Disability 3
  DCSP-2003 Applied Literacy Skills 3
  DCSP-2006 Practicum-Education 3
  DCSP-2007 Practicum Seminar 3 2
  DCSP-2008 Exploring Disabilities & Mental Health 3
  DCSP-2010 Exploring Community Through the Arts 3
  DCSP-2013 Inclusive Classroom Support 3
  DCSP-2026 Augmentative Communication 3
  DCSP-3007 Supervision in Human Service Settings 3
Term 4 Course Name Credit Hours
  DCSP-2011 Family & Disability 3
  DCSP-2016 Planning for Individuals 3
  DCSP-2017 Conceptual Frameworks in Disability Support 3
  DCSP-2190 Selected Topics in Disability 3
  DCSP-3000 Community Membership & Disability 3
  DCSP-3008 Practicum-Final 3
  DCSP-3041 Applied Communication Skills 3
  DCSP-3279 Practicum Seminar 4 2

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DCSP-1001 Academic Communication  
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Students will develop the writing skills that will assist them to communicate their ideas in an academic setting (e.g. how to write a term paper), complete an incident report at work, and make oral presentations (e.g. public speaking skills) for both the work and college environment. For this last area, students will prepare and deliver a multimedia presentation on a self-selected topic.

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DCSP-1003 Interpersonal Communication  
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This course will give the student tools and concepts helpful for managing the interpersonal effectiveness of their work, family and social relationships. Course topics include the impact of perception on communication, non-verbal communication, the self concept, communicating emotions effectively, managing defensiveness, and conflict resolution. Students will also learn the practical skills of checking perceptions, listening effectively and both giving and receiving feedback. This course replaces DCSP-1059 Interpersonal Communication A and DCSP-2002 Interpersonal Communication B.

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DCSP-1006 Applied Teaching & Learning  
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This course focuses on a variety of teaching strategies for individuals with disabilities. Students will prepare a focused, in-depth, meaningful learning plan for an individual with a disability. In order to do this, students will review and practice a variety of teaching techniques, set appropriate goals and objectives, promote natural incentives, judge when to teach or assist, judge how to teach or assist, prioritize tasks to be learned, and evaluate teaching effectiveness.
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DCSP-1007 Exploring Disabilities  
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This course provides the student with information about various disabling conditions and the implications for supporting individuals in their daily lives. Specifically, students will explore the etiology, diagnosis, prevalence, incidence, and care related to a variety of conditions. Students will review current definitions and describe contemporary prevention and support strategies.
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DCSP-1009 Employment & Disability  
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Students will describe the range of vocational options currently available to people with disabilities. Supported employment will be a major focus of study for the student. Students will explain the supported employment process, describe a marketing approach, compare perspectives on natural supports, and identify current trends in the field.
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DCSP-1012 Human Services: Values & Issues  
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Students will be introduced to the role that individual and societal values play in the treatment of individuals with an intellectual disability. Students will examine the historical evolution of service development and service delivery (segregation/integration, congregation/individualization, professional dominance/self-determination, client/citizen). Students will also examine the major issues that confront persons living with an intellectual disability in society today.
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DCSP-1014 Medications  
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In this course students will describe how to responsibly and sensitively assist people with disabilities in understanding the purposes and safe administration of various medications. Beyond just being able to competently give a medication, it is important that students identify different types of medication, purposes of various medications, and how they interact with each other.
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DCSP-1018 Supported Community Living  
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Students will explore the range of residential options currently available in the community. They will identify the skills necessary to assist people with disabilities to develop their own ideas of what they want their home to be. Students will describe the key features of self managed care, residential licensing procedures, and the role of the support personnel. Students will also study safety in the home, financial management, nutrition, and menu planning.
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DCSP-1030 Health & Personal Care  
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Students will be provided with a general overview of a healthy physical state as well as alterations from a healthy physical state. They will describe the knowledge and practical skills necessary to provide personal and health related care to individuals with disabling conditions. They will identify when to consult with appropriate health care professionals. They will also recognize and describe skills needed to support individuals with special medical issues and needs related to their specific disabling condition. Emphasis is placed on the provision of care while attending to such factors as privacy, safe practice, and individual preference and ability.

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DCSP-1087 Practicum-Residential  
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This course introduces students to a residential setting for individuals with disabilities. This experience will enable students to observe and practice the skills required as a residential support staff. This practicum involves working primarily during evenings and at least one weekend. This course is a mandatory course in the program. Students will spend 132 hours in a residential setting in either Semester 1 or Semester 2.
Prerequisites:
PRAC-1275
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DCSP-1281 Practicum-Employment/Day Service  
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This course introduces students to an alternative/employment related setting for individuals with disabilities. This experience will enable students to observe and practice the skills required as a support staff in an agency that assists individuals to work and live in the community. This practicum involves working primarily during the day. This course is a mandatory course in this program. Students will spend 152 hours in an employment day service setting in either Semester 1 or Semester 2.
Prerequisites:
PRAC-1275
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DCSP-2000 Understanding Complex Behaviour  
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The objective of the course is to assist students to describe the context of behavioural difficulties and to articulate the underlying conflicts that may lead to behaviour problems for individuals with disabilities. Students will discuss a variety of ways of supporting individuals with complex behavioural issues.
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DCSP-2001 Advocacy & Disability
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Students will be introduced to the need for strong advocacy on behalf of and by people with disabilities. They will review related human rights legislation and outline the principles of effective advocacy. Students will also identify strategies to encourage family, friends, and the individual to become involved in advocacy.
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DCSP-2003 Applied Literacy Skills
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Students will practice a variety of strategies that will assist people with disabilities to incorporate literacy into their everyday life experiences. Students will work directly with a learner to develop an individualized literacy plan.

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DCSP-2004 Sexuality  
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Students will describe ways to facilitate healthy attitudes towards sexuality in relation to people with disabilities. They will utilize information to develop appropriate teaching strategies to help individuals learn about intimate relationships, and the prevention of sexual abuse and sexually transmitted diseases.
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DCSP-2006 Practicum-Education
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This course introduces students to a school setting for children or young adults with disabilities. This experience will enable students to observe and practice the skills required to work as an Educational Assistant in different types of school settings. This course is a mandatory course in the program. Students will spend 140 hours in an educational setting in Semester 3.

Prerequisites:
DCSP-2013 AND DCSP-2007
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DCSP-2007 Practicum Seminar 3
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In Practicum Seminar 3, students will examine the structure of services and the role of profit and not-for-profit agencies in the provision of support for persons with disabilities. Students will review personal and professional development areas relating to employment. They will also prepare for Practicum-Education.

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DCSP-2008 Exploring Disabilities & Mental Health
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Students will describe a variety of mental health, physical, and injury-related disabling conditions. Specifically, they will explore the etiology, diagnosis, prevalence, incidence, and care related to these disabling conditions. Students will review current definitions and describe contemporary prevention and treatment/support strategies.
Prerequisites:
DCSP-1007 AND DCSP-1030
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DCSP-2010 Exploring Community Through the Arts
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This course assists students in exploring the variety of creative opportunities for meaningful involvement in community life such as theatre, music, and art. Students will explore their own creative potential and consider strategies for assisting individuals to be included in artistic aspects of their homes and communities.

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DCSP-2011 Family & Disability
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Students will be provided with an orientation to family dynamics with the emphasis being placed on families who have a member with a disability. They will recognize the importance of respect for families and the need to support their involvement in the life of their family member.
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DCSP-2013 Inclusive Classroom Support
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Students will be provided with an overview of the educational system. They will review the evolution of special education services, the range of existing educational opportunities, work experience, and transition issues. Students will review strategies to support children and youth with modified and adapted curricula in inclusive school environments. They will also examine the role of the teaching assistant in the educational context.
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DCSP-2016 Planning for Individuals
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Students will be provided with a comprehensive overview of individual planning tools. They will review and apply PATHs, MAPs, IPPs and other current planning approaches used in the province. Students will incorporate current information on the importance of inclusion, empowerment, and individualization in the planning process.
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DCSP-2017 Conceptual Frameworks in Disability Support
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This course is designed to introduce the student to a number of issues that are current in the field. Students will review human rights/social legislation, de-institutionalization, abuse, family supports, service models, and advocacy.
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DCSP-2026 Augmentative Communication
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Students will examine a range of augmentative communication systems for individuals with disabilities. They will explore and utilize symbol systems, computer-assisted technology, sign language and facilitated communication.
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DCSP-2190 Selected Topics in Disability
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This is a self-directed research course. It provides the opportunity for individual student research related to a particular area of interest. In this course, students will review current issues and topics related to disability. The focus may vary from year to year to reflect changes in thinking and research within the field.
Prerequisites:
DCSP-1001
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DCSP-2276 Practicum Seminar 2  
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Practicum Seminar 2 assists students in planning for Practicum-Residential and Practicum-Employment/Day Service. The principles of group dynamics and team work as well as how to plan for life-long personal and professional growth will be covered in this course.

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DCSP-3000 Community Membership & Disability
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Students will identify the competencies required to facilitate and support the meaningful inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the community. They will examine the concepts of integration and community, and learn a variety of strategies to facilitate successful integration.
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DCSP-3007 Supervision in Human Service Settings
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This course provides students with information about how to manage and supervise personnel in social service settings. Students will describe leadership roles and management styles, the importance of team-building, methods of conflict-management, strategies for staff appraisal and motivation, and ways of resolving performance problems.
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DCSP-3008 Practicum-Final
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This course enables students to have some choice in deciding where to complete their final practicum. Options may include residential, employment, or day service, and educational, advocacy, or community development. Students will be guided in making this decision by the practicum co-ordinator based on their career plan, as well as their academic record, general aptitude, and interest in a particular setting. The practicum co-ordinator reserves the right to make the final decision. This practicum may also be a paid practicum if the student has been offered employment during Semester 4 of the program. This course is a mandatory course in the program. Students will spend 173 hours at their site in Semester 4.

Prerequisites:
DCSP-3279
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DCSP-3041 Applied Communication Skills
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Expanding on concepts established in Interpersonal Communications A and B, students will study the qualities and practice the skills required to support individuals with personal issues and difficulties.
Prerequisites:
DCSP-1059 AND DCSP-2002
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DCSP-3279 Practicum Seminar 4
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Students will demonstrate employment preparation skills such as resume writing, career planning, and interview skills. Students will discuss practicum experiences, how knowledge and skill could be applied in the workplace, and plan for Practicum-Final.

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PRAC-1275 Practicum Seminar 1  
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Practicum Seminar 1 provides an orientation to practicum and assists students in planning for Practicum-Residential and Practicum-Employment/Day Service. Students will also demonstrate strategies related to time and stress management.

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PSYC-1001 Introduction to Psychology  
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This course is an introductory study of general and developmental psychology. It is designed for students in health care programs and as such, is aimed at practical application of social science knowledge in the helping relationships. It emphasizes fundamental principles of growth and development. Key concepts of personality motivation, emotional behaviour and methods of coping/adapting are included. Overall, the student is expected to gain insight into the roots of human behavior from both a physical and psychological perspective.
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