Rehabilitation and Disability Foundations

This course provides a comprehensive overview of disability management, including its philosophy and principles and the role of disability management personnel. You’ll study foundational theories, historical practices, and current trends related to rehabilitation and disability management.

You’ll also explore the social, vocational, economic and family issues that impact people with disabilities, as well as the concepts of rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation and disability management. We’ll outline Canadian disability policies and related programs, as well as the development of vocational rehabilitation professions.

Course seats are reserved for diploma students until approximately one month before the start date. To take this course individually, click on Register or Join Waitlist below.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Jody Hawley $795.00 0 Join Waitlist

Course schedule: Classes run online from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time. (Please check your time zone and adjust your schedule if needed.) Attendance is mandatory. 

What will I learn?

After completing this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Describe models of disability that influence social policy and entitlement
  • Explain the philosophy of rehabilitation
  • Understand Canadian disability policies and practices
  • Outline the values, principles and practices of vocational rehabilitation and disability management
  • Understand the development of disability management and its components
  • Describe the roles of disability management personnel and the skills required
  • Identify current trends in disability management
  • Understand the issues of disclosing disabilities to employers
  • Use tools and strategies related to vocational rehabilitation and disability management

How will I learn?

This course consists of lectures, case studies and group discussions. Classes are during the day, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Besides attending all 21 hours of classes, you must participate in discussions, review all handouts and complete the homework assignment.

How will I be evaluated?

We evaluate this course through individual and group exercises, and a final written assignment.

Textbooks and learning materials

There is no textbook required for this course. You will access your course materials using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course.

Supplementary reading

Harder, Henry G. and Scott, Liz R. Comprehensive Disability Management. Churchill Livingstone, 2005.

Hardware and software requirements

You will need a computer that is connected to the internet so that you can access Canvas, our online course management system. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas by accessing Canvas guides here. We recommend you use Google Chrome or Firefox.

Also, you will need to enable your computer’s audio and microphone to participate in live sessions offered via videoconference.

You can find more information on our About Online Learning page. 

Professional development credits

This course may meet the requirements for the following designation:

This course is also pre-approved for continuing education credits from the following organizations: