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

1. Didactic

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:

3. Research

Seminars may provide basic information about disability-related research.

Expectations

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).

Time Commitments

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.

  1. Orientation/Awareness: One credit option available.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.