Foundations in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies (Foundations)

Foundations is a self-study, 16 module course to be started between the 3rd and 6th month of employment. An orientation session is attended where you receive the materials and basic information needed along with the assignment of a tutor for you to use as a resource during the course. An exam is written at the end of each of the 16 modules. The course was developed to give direct service workers some of the foundations needed to be successful in their work. The content is based on information from direct service workers, administrative and professional staff, and individuals with disabilities and their families. Upon successful completion of the program a training completion bonus and wage increase is received. Module content includes:
  • Section 1 Module 1: The Evolving Field of Community Disability Studies
  • Section 1 Module 2: Legislation and Human Rights Protection
  • Section 1 Module 3: Values and Attitudes
  • Section 1 Module 4: Roles and Responsibilities
  • Section 1 Module 5: Definitions and Characteristics of Several Common Disabilities
  • Section 2 Module 6: Safety Issues
  • Section 2 Module 7: Ergonomics for Safe Lifting and Transferring
  • Section 2 Module 8: Assistive Technology
  • Section 2 Module 9: Universal Precautions and Infection Control
  • Section 2 Module 10: Personal Hygiene Support
  • Section 2 Module 11: Mealtimes and Nutrition
  • Section 3 Module 12: Promoting Health and Wellness
  • Section 3 Module 13: Facilitating Growth and Skill Development
  • Section 3 Module 14: Interpersonal Communication
  • Section 3 Module 15: Professional Communication Skills
  • Section 3 Module 16: Personal and Professional Competence

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