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1-1: The Evolving Field of Community Disability Services

As a Community Disability Services worker, it is important to understand how services for persons with developmental disabilities have developed over the last several decades. As you will learn in this module, decisions about services for people with disabilities are based on the dominant beliefs of our society. An awareness of these various beliefs will help you to support people with disabilities in the best way possible.

In this module you will also explore how the values and beliefs of our society affect the way that governments set policies. The way that the government sets policies and funds services for people with disabilities has a significant effect on the quality of lives of the individuals you are supporting. Therefore, an understanding of these policies will help you to be aware of the supports that are available through government departments that are responsible for services for children and adults with disabilities. This awareness will help you to ensure that the people you are supporting are able to access the most appropriate supports.


Learning Outcomes

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the development of societal attitudes towards people with disabilities and describe how this knowledge affects your role as a community disability services worker.
  2. Discuss the development of services for people with disabilities and describe how this knowledge affects your role as a community support worker.
  3. Describe the role that the government, Children’s Services Boards, and Persons with Developmental Disabilities Community Boards have in setting policy and funding services for children and adults with disabilities in Alberta, and explain how this affects your role as a community disability services worker.
  4. Describe how your organization’s mission, vision, values, and philosophy affect what you do as a Community Disability Services worker.

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