Starting this semester, Niagara University's College of Education is preparing to offer academic degrees and coursework tailored to those working, or seeking to work, in the area of developmental disabilities and community habilitation.
"We know that there are many people interested in working in a profession that truly makes a difference in the lives of others," stated Dr. Debra Colley, dean of the College of Education. "This is an opportunity for them to enhance their knowledge in several critical human service areas, where jobs are currently available - and those jobs are personally and professionally rewarding."
Below are the related courses being offered this fall at NU:
•EDU 201/701 TQ (overview of developmental disabilities) focuses on an overall introduction to individuals with developmental disabilities (lifelong and manifesting themselves prior to age 22). Within a broad scope, topics cover historical factors and attitudes, specific developmental disabilities, causes, legislation, specialized services and supports, education, vocational training and lifespan planning. Participants will be required to perform 25 hours of work in the field.
The class meets Monday afternoons (4:20 to 7 p.m.) and is taught by Connie Brown, executive director of Opportunities Unlimited.
•EDU 301/721 TQ (family life to independent living) addresses the challenges that the transition to adult life poses for individuals with mild to moderate disabilities. The goal of independent living is explored through the integration and collaboration of various resources, including the individual, family, school and other community support systems. Advocacy and self-determination will also be covered. Twenty-five hours of field work is also required for this course.
Under instructor Sarah Lanzo, director of independent living of Niagara County, classes are held on Wednesday afternoons (4:20 to 7 p.m.).
The courses are being offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The deadline to register is Sept. 13.
For further information, call 716-286-8309 or 716-286-8560.