The core course framework is modeled upon a visionfromthe Society for Disability Studies:
"A program in Disability Studies should explore models and theories that examine social, political, cultural and economic factors that define disability and help determine personal and collective responses to difference."
The following framework guides course readings, lectures, service learning experiences, guest speaker selection, and class discussion.
|Service Learning Experiences, Reflection, Class Discussion, Guest Speakers|
|Perspective of Disability||Models and Theories||Collective response||Personal response to disability|
|Health||Medical model||Health programs||Experience of individuals, parents, health care workers|
|Educational||Educational model||Education programs||Experience of parents, students, educators|
|Economic||Economic model||Government assistance||Experience of individuals with disabilities, employers|
|Political, Legal||Minority model||Federal laws and policies||Experiences of self-advocates and advocates|
|Social||Social model||Environmental accommodations||Experiences of individuals with disabilities|
|Cultural||Ethical theories Literature||Ethical mores
Literature and media portrayals
|Experiences of individuals with disabilities|