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.

Courses will be available for individual registration until April 2023 only. After that time, all seats will be reserved for diploma students.


Location: Online
Duration: 3 days
Tuition: $795

Upcoming Offerings

Currently not available for registration.

What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll 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 you will learn and be evaluated

  • Expect lectures, case studies and group discussions
  • Attend all 21 hours of classes (mandatory)
  • Prepare to participate in discussions, review all handouts and complete the homework assignment

You will be evaluated on:

  • Individual and group exercises
  • Final written assignment

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Recommended reading:

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

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.

Professional development credits

This course may meet the requirements for the following credential:

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