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HDFS 2123: Developmental Disabilities – Issues Across the Lifespan

HDFS 2123, Developmental Disabilities: Issues Across the Lifespan, provides an introduction to the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). An overview of history, theory, research, practice, and policy in the field of IDD is provided. Additionally, the course covers issues encountered by individuals with IDD and their families across the lifespan. Field work and engagement with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities is an integral component of the course; to facilitate this, students enrolled in this course participate in a service learning project through a partnership with TARC (see below). To take this course, Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) majors should have completed HDFS 2113—Lifespan Human Development. Non-HDFS majors interested in taking this course should have at least sophomore standing.

Service Learning: OK AIM

Students in Dr. Jones’ HDFS 2123 Developmental Disabilities course have engaged in service-learning every semester since the Fall of 2012. Dr. Jones and her undergraduate students partner with TARC (Tulsa Advocates for the Rights of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities), Oklahoma’s largest statewide non-profit agency for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Every semester, students serve as OK AIM volunteers to monitor the quality of life of adults with IDD receiving state funding to live in Oklahoma communities.

Service Learning Publications

Jones, J. L., Gallus, K. L., & Cothern, A. S. (2016). Breaking down barriers to community inclusion through service-learning: A qualitative exploration. Inclusion, 4(4), 215-225. doi:10.1352/2326-6988-4.4.215