Understanding Individuals with Special Needs
This course will explore relationships and what individuals with special needs can teach us, the community. Course participants will learn the Categories of Disability along with a Biblical perspective on disability. This course will utilize the text, Adam, God's Beloved, by Henri J.M. Nouwen. It tells the story of Adam, who could not speak nor move without assistance. Nouwen befriended Adam and the spiritual lessons Adam taught him. The course will explore participants' own perceptions/beliefs about individuals with special needs and disabilities, as well as provide insight to individuals with special needs, the Categories of Disability, basic disability etiquette, and person first language. Participants will research and learn about different disabling conditions and community resources available to assist individuals with special needs.
NOTE: Required book must be acquired separately.
This course is applicable towards the Exceptional Children Certificate.