LSHA 5513 – Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
How are individuals born with a disability different from those who have never experienced one? How are they different from people who acquire a disability later in life? What are the differences between individuals with disabilities who flourish as opposed to those who never really adjust after a trauma? These questions might not come often to the minds many Americans, but they are at the heart of a few of the struggles that persons with disabilities face on a daily basis.
Psychosocial Aspects of Disability offers an in depth examination of these very topics to provide vivid insight into the experience of living with a disability. This class is designed to examine the the barriers persons with disabilities have had to overcome, as well as the barriers they continue to face in their quest to obtain the freedoms that persons without disabilities so freely enjoy.
Using a minority model perspective to address disability, this class focuses on the ways that the beliefs and perceptions we hold with regard to persons with disabilities affect how we treat them. Students in the class are invited to consider the historical views of societal beliefs and treatments of persons with disabilities, the disenfranchisement of persons with disabilities, attitudes toward persons with disabilities, the disability rights movement, self concept and self esteem and the role family members play in the lives of persons with disabilities. Of particular importance are the ways that psychological and social issues impact persons with disabilities, and various strategies for empowering them.
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