K438 – Working with Families and Children with Diverse Abilities
3 Credit Hours
This course provides students with frameworks and skills for working with children who have diverse abilities and their families. Focus is placed on understanding family and professional perspectives on disability while considering issues of culture and diversity. This course will also focus on developing collaborative partnerships to support children with disabilities in early intervention, home, school, and community settings. Students will develop skills to effectively communicate, support, empower, and advocate for children with disabilities and their families. Characteristics of disability are presented from a strengths-based perspective with related interventions, supports, and services. These include how to access more in-depth information on specific types of disability educational strategies, interventions, and related support services. Students are exposed to diverse cultural perspectives of disability and the importance of multicultural responsiveness in working with families, developing Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs) and Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and creating inclusive educational settings. The course also reviews pertinent legislation under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) related to educational rights of children with disabilities and their families.