Interdisciplinary Disability Awareness and Service Learning
The Interdisciplinary Disability Awareness and Service Learning (IDASL) Program offers opportunities for students from a variety of disciplines to increase their awareness, knowledge and understanding of people with disabilities and their families across the life span. Taking advantage of this program will broaden a student's experience and promote interaction with individuals with disabilities. IDASL gives opportunities to use a student's growing expertise to benefit individuals with a variety of disabilities from birth to old-age.
IDASL Program Components
People with disabilities, in addition to faculty and professionals from a variety of disciplines conduct a series of interactive seminars and presentations (Fridays, 1-4 PM). These seminars use a collaborative, solution-focused approach in resolving the real issues faced by individuals with disabilities and their families in achieving full community participation.
2. Service Learning
All students participate in a range of service learning activities that provide examples of interdisciplinary community-based and family-centered services. Students select sites according to their time commitment to the program, the requirements of their home discipline, and their own personal interests. Service Learning sites include:
- The Assistive Technology (AT) Lab supplies training in the fabrication, modification, and repair of assistive technology products.
- Child Care Nutrition Program is a federally funded contract through the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program is an extension of the School Lunch Program to ensure that adequate nutrition is available to children in a licensed day care provider's home.
- Common Ground offers outdoor recreation to people with disabilities.
- Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL) provides day training and support for individuals with severe disabilities.
- OPTIONS for Independence offers services that promote independence and choice to people with disabilities as a nonresidential Independent Living Center.
- Project PEER supports students with cognitive disabilities, aged 18-21, and facilitates transition from the public school system.
- Top Sports addresses the recreational and leisure activity needs of children and youth with disabilities living in the Cache Valley area.
- Up To 3 Program benefits infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
Seminars may provide basic information about disability-related research.
The IDASL Program is two semesters. Each student will be expected to attend all seminars (Fridays, 1-4 PM) and complete assignments. Stipends are available according to level of expertise (Bachelors, Masters, or doctoral student) and time commitment. You will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course. You can also register for credit (SPED 6500).
Students may participate in the IDASL Program at one of three levels: Regardless of what level, students will attend all course seminars and complete assignments. All students focus on disability-related knowledge and awareness with an interdisciplinary emphasis.
- Orientation/Awareness: One credit option available.
- Intermediate/Skill Development: Two credit option and stipend available. Students at this level will complete 75 classroom and service learning hours per semester at a variety of community sites.
- Leadership/Experiential: Three credit option and stipend available. Students at this level will complete 120 classroom and service learning hours per semester at a variety community sites.