Medical Aspects of Disability

Instructor: Cindy Beck, ND

Office – Seminar 4158Mailbox on campus – Seminar 3127

E-mail address = * best way to contact

Phone – 867-5942

Class meets Monday 5:30 – 9:30 pm – Lab Iroom 1040

It is an upper division 4-credit class; it satisfies requirements for WA State Rehabilitation Counselors’ continuing education. 

TEXT: Medical Aspects of Disability: A Handbook for the Rehabilitation Professional. Eisneberg, M., Glueckauf, R., & Zaretsky, H. [Eds.] 1998Springer Publisher Co. Inc.ISBN = 0-8261-7971-1

Student Expectations: 

1. Regular attendance and participation in class discussions and activities is expected of all students. It will be essential for students to attend all of the sessions, as the amount of information missed in a class will be substantial. If an absence occurs, it is the student's responsibility to get notes / handouts from the web page or a classmate. PLEASE - DO NOT ASK ME.If you miss more than 2 class sessions, you will lose a credit. If you miss more than 3 class sessions, you will lose 2 credits. If you miss more than 4 class sessions, you will lose 3 credits.Missing 5 or more sessions, will result in loss of all class credits. Attendance will be taken. visit and interview with a rehabilitation service provider: Each student will choose a division of the rehabilitation system and arrange an interview and site visit with a qualified provider in the community.As part of this process, the student will formulate a set of interview questions that focus on the background/education of the rehabilitation professional, and their role as part of a rehabilitation team.Questions should also reflect the student’s interest in this specific profession and relevant disabilities; questions should be submitted to the instructor for review/comment prior to the site visit, no later than October 21st.A written account of the visit and interview will be due to the instructor no later than December 2nd. Photograph*s or professional literature can accompany final project.

* Please obtain permission before taking photographs.

3.independent project that explores a creative solution for a common PROBLEM:Each student will research a common problem related to disabilities, and come up with a creative solution that will support either the person with the disability or the health care provider in their work with people who have this disability.Students will submit their proposal for this project no later than October 28th.Final presentation of this creative solution can be a traditional paper, an oral presentation*, or any other innovative way of demonstrating the problem and how you propose to solve it.Regardless of the way information is presented, all students will submit as part of their final project an annotated bibliography of the sources used in research.Finished projects will be due no later than December 9th.*If you choose to present your work as an oral presentation, you will have to make arrangements with instructor prior to November 18th.

4.Self-evaluation & faculty evaluation is due on December 9th

5. Evaluations are assessed on class progress: class (seminar) participation/attendance, creative research project & interview project.


- Late paper policy - I will not accept any late papers.If you cannot make it to class, you can put it in my mailbox, or email it to me.

- Class schedule is subject to change, dependent on class progress.

- Withdrawals from class follow TESC's policies as outlined in registration materials.

- As appropriate, the Instructor will supply supplemental readings.

- Students with disabilities are asked to contact the instructor to arrange accommodation.