Medical Aspects of Disability

Instructor: Cindy Beck, ND

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Class meets Thursday 6 – 9pm – and weekly assignments on WEBCROSSING

This is a 4-credit class; that satisfies requirements for WA State Rehabilitation Counselors’ continuing education, but is intended to be beneficial for anyone interested in the health care profession. The pathophysiology of many topics will be discussed, as well as the ancillary professions that work alongside in the rehabilitation process.

TEXT: There will not be a formal text used. Instead students will read current literature in the field, found in professional journals, websites and textbooks. Students will be provided with these articles, or they will be accessible from the class webpage.

Student Expectations:

1. Regular attendance and participation in class discussions and web 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. 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.

2. site 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. Before formulating the interview questions, the student should read background information published by the professional organization on the respective website. 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 April 22nd. A written account of the visit and interview must be posted on webcrossing May 20th. In addition, each student is to read the entire posting by others and to give written feedback and follow-up to at least two classmates on their summary/discussion, with a copy placed in your portfolio. Failure to complete this project will result in loss of credit.

3. Peer Teaching of a selected group of medications. Working independently and in a small group, each student will research a type of medication [ie anti-inflammatory, antidepressant] and will teach peers of their findings. Additional information will be distributed week 2. Failure to complete this project will result in loss of credit.

4. Literature Review of a Juried Article

Each student will choose an article from a professional journal, based on a specific disability or and complete an in-depth exploration of the material. A synopsis will be posted on webcrossing.

5. Medical Terminology – All students must show proficiency on the medical terminology posted on the class website. Short quizzes will be given weeks 3, 5, 7 & 9.

6. Portfolio: You are to maintain a portfolio of all your work, including hardcopies of web postings, to be submitted Thursday June 3RD, along with a self-evaluation.

7. Evaluations are assessed on class progress: class & Web Crossing participation/attendance, peer teaching, article synopsis & interview project.


- 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.