Disability Studies Undergraduate Minor & Graduate Certificate Programs through NAU - IHD

 

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The Institute for Human Development (IHD) has over the years developed a strong and robust Disability Studies program. These programs of studies which include both undergraduate and graduate work provide students with valuable knowledge and skills to work in a career of supporting persons with disabilities.

Undergraduate Programs:
Minor in Disability Studies
This 18-credit minor provides students with foundational knowledge of the rapidly emerging field of disability studies. Students will have the opportunity to: 1) explore and critically examine the historical and legal treatment of people with disabilities; 2) acquire an awareness and understanding of the role of disability in today’s society; 3) examine their own personal attitudes towards disability while reflecting on the construct of “normality”; 4) realize that disability is part of human diversity; and 5) appreciate the concepts of acceptance, inclusion, integration, interdependence and productivity as they apply to individuals with disabilities and society at large.

Graduate Programs:

Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability Policy and Practice
This 12‐credit program prepares individuals to be effective members of an interdisciplinary team working with individuals with disabilities and their families in a variety of settings. Through this program individuals will learn effective teaming practices, leadership skills and knowledge of policies for supporting individuals with disabilities across the lifespan. If interested and for further information please visithttp://www4.nau.edu/ihd/interdisciplinary_graduate.asp

Policy and Practice class lecture with students at 4 tables set up in the shape of a large rectangle

 

 Interdisciplinary Certificate in Assistive Technology
This online 15‐credit certificate program prepares individuals to provide assistive technology services to adults and children with disabilities in various environments. Through this program individuals will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to address the assistive technology needs of individuals with developmental and acquired disabilities of all ages. If interested and for further information please visithttp://www4.nau.edu/ihd/Assistive_Technology_Certification_Program.asp

 Interdisciplinary Certificate in Positive Behavior Support
This online 15‐credit certificate program prepares individuals to serve as behavioral consultants to parents, teachers, direct care staff or others who support children or adults with disabilities and challenging behavior. Through this program individuals will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to understand challenging behaviors of people who are hard to reach and hard to teach, and to design interventions that are both positive and effective. If interested and for further information please visithttp://www4.nau.edu/ihd/PBS/default.asp