Seven courses in Disability Studies have been developed and are taught by the Texas Center for Disability Studies; these courses have been offered through the School of Social Work since 2010. These core courses provide a foundation for the DS Portfolio.
Note: Course number for all DS courses: SW 360K undergraduate level or SW 387R for the graduate level of each course
This web-based course provides an overview of disability policy. Topics include the history of the disability rights movement, relevant federal and state legislation, legal and ethical issues, services and supports through federal and state programs, the political economy of disability, and disability culture, advocacy, and leadership issues.
We focus on the social and cultural context of disability, with an emphasis on how disability is defined and understood at the micro and macro levels. Attitudes, language, and adjustment theories will be considered from a personalist view. A deep understanding of the longstanding social oppression of the disability community, as well as ways to initiate social change, are integral to the course.
The voice of women in multiple minority statuses is largely missing from discussions of disability. This course examines the meaning and experience of being female and disabled and/or a cultural/ethnic minority member. An in-depth examination of the intersection of sex-roles stereotypes, disability stereotypes, and cultural stereotypes occurs through readings, interviews, and research.
This course studies individuals who are either chronologically older or who may be experiencing functional changes typical of older persons. This course identifies strategies for supports for families, friends, service providers, organizations, and members of the community to improve the lives of older persons. Topics include the aging process, a paradigm for dementia care, specific medical concerns, community membership, community building, team building, decision making, and family supports.
This course covers life-span issues for individuals with developmental disabilities. Topics include the impact of social and cultural values, including attitudes toward children and adults with developmental disabilities, institutionalization, service options, sexuality, forced sterilization, self-advocacy movements, and aging.
This course provides teachers, professionals in the disability field, self-advocates, and families strategies for working with, and supporting families who have a member with a disability. Originally developed by family members, it has been updated with input from individuals with disabilities. Topics include: philosophy of family support and self-determination, cultural competence in supporting families, assessing needs and determining supports, identifying and coordinating resources, skills for working together with families and self-advocates, and evaluating family support.
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the world of individuals with severe mental illness. This course is not designed to show how to work with people with severe mental illness, rather, the goal is to enhance the ability to BE with people with this diagnosis.
Elizabeth Lewis, PhD - firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Sharp, PhD - email@example.com
Nick Winges-Yanez, LMSW - firstname.lastname@example.org
Texas Center for Disability Studies I Phone: 512-232-0740 I disabilitystudies.utexas.edu