Vocational accommodations have legal, ergonomic and technological components. In this three-part course, we’ll start by introducing the concept of Universal Design for products and environments, which has significant implications for people who would otherwise need accommodations. In the second part of the course, you'll learn about all parties' responsibilities regarding human rights complaints, as well as how the duty to accommodate develops.
In the final part of the course, we'll discuss assistive technology and how it relates to job accommodations. You’ll learn about technology such as alternate computer access, cognitive aids, visual aids, and communication aids. You’ll also have a chance to try several assistive devices.
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.
What you will learn
After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:
- Determine what constitutes a disability under human rights law
- Understand what documentation is required to invoke the duty to accommodate
- Describe the rules of undue hardship as they apply to employers
- Explain universal design's history, philosophy and underlying premises
- Describe the seven principles of universal design
- Understand the role of universal design in the home and work environment
- Understand the role of assistive technology in computer use, including keyboard modifications and alternate input methods
- Describe assistive technology for the workplace, such as adaptations to telephones and other office equipment
- Explain other workplace considerations that relate to assistive technology, including the importance of good office ergonomics and healthy work habits
How you will learn and be evaluated
- Expect lectures, demonstrations and group discussions
- Attend all 14 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
No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.
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 designation:
This course is also pre-approved for continuing education credits from the following organizations:
- Vocational Rehabilitation Association Canada – Continuing Education Units
- BC Association of Kinesiologists – Continuing Education Units
- College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals – Continuing Education Units