Location
Start Dates

  • September 01, 2020
  • September 01, 2021
Duration

4Terms

Program Delivery

  • In Class
  • Combined Online
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $9,846
International: CAD $28,866
Estimated Book Costs: CAD $1,550

We are no longer accepting applications for the September 2020 online intake. 

We are no longer accepting applications from international students for the September 2020 intake.

Program Description

Imagine a career where you help others reach their potential. The 16-month diploma will equip you to support the well-being of people with disabilities. You'll also learn how to create inclusive and diverse communities. 

After graduation, you can work in a leadership role in many services that support people with disabilities. These include education, not-for-profit agencies, or directly with families. 

The program combines classroom learning with practical experience. Classes are generally scheduled between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday. 

If you plan to take the diploma online, note that we do not offer all courses online every term. This means your program could last longer than 16 months. 

If you plan to do your practicum outside of Alberta, you must speak to the program coordinator before applying for the program. Contact 403-476-1243 to speak to the program coordinator.

Students registered in the traditional full-time Disability Studies Diploma program must write the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES)

Additional information

The links below are examples of where you might work as a certificate or diploma graduate in Disability Studies.

Alberta Council of Disability Services (ACDS) 

This is a province wide not-for-profit association. It supports people with developmental disabilities or brain injury.

Alberta Disability Workers Association

A professional association for workers in Alberta supporting people with disabilities.

Autism Calgary

An organization that brings hope and help to people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Children’s Link

The Children’s Link Society helps families and professionals who deal with children with special needs.

Inclusion Alberta

Inclusion Alberta is a non-profit federation that advocates for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Providence Child Care

Providence Child Care offers early childhood programs, schools, and community services that help every child reach their potential

Renfrew Education Services

Renfrew Educational Services is a leader in program development for children with special needs.

There are also positions for education assistants in classrooms for children with a disability.

Hear about one of the program's grads! Erwin Bear Chief completed his Education Assistant Certificate and his Disability Studies Diploma. Read his story. 

Related Links


Course Listings Request More Information
International Learner Applicants

International Education
North Campus – Third Floor
international@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-3476

Domestic Applicants

Welcome Centre
South Campus – Main Floor
info@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-1402


Admission Requirements

Academic requirements
  • Credit in English 30-1 or 65% in English 30-2 or equivalent

Or

  • Successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) test, that consists of five tests, with a minimum score in the following sections:
    • Writing Skills: 520 minimum standard score
    • Interpreting Literature and Art: 520 minimum standard score

Or

  • Satisfactory results on the Bow Valley College Admissions Test
Pre-practicum requirement

The Disability Studies program includes practicum placements in agencies where employers require a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS). Results of this check may restrict opportunities for placement in a practicum. The Police Information Check must be obtained before the start of the practicum and may need to be renewed more than once while enrolled in a program. 

English language proficiency requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should see the English language proficiency requirements page for details.


Transferability

Transfer opportunities are available to a variety of institutions.Transfer credits are reviewed and accepted on an individual basis by the institution to which you apply. Here are the most current transfer agreements:

• two-year block transfer to the University of Calgary Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies
• two-year block transfer to Athabasca University's Bachelor of Professional Arts - Human Services Major
• University of Lethbridge – Health Sciences

 

Course Listings Request More Information
International Learner Applicants

International Education
North Campus – Third Floor
international@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-3476

Domestic Applicants

Welcome Centre
South Campus – Main Floor
info@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-1402

Course Listing


Term 1

Required CoursesCredit

Learners explore principles of interpersonal relationships and communication, considering the importance of self-awareness including such values as empathy, respect, genuineness, and humility therein. Learners practice verbal, nonverbal, emotional, conversational, and technology-mediated messaging necessary for effective communication in personal and professional contexts. Through this exploration and this practice, learners improve their ability to communicate assertively and respectfully with others in various contexts, taking care to understand the social and cultural contexts that affect communication, including the impacts of colonization on Indigenous groups in Canada in relation to interpersonal relationships and communication.

Course Delivery
Blended A mixed course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through a blend of scheduled in-class and scheduled or non-scheduled online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class and/or online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required.

Disability Studies is a study of the social, cultural, historical, and philosophical perspectives of disability. It is grounded by the belief that the creation of knowledge about disability should be WITH/BY disabled people themselves. This course will provide learners with the historical background of disability and the contexts and paradigms it currently uses today. This course requires a C to be considered a pass.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Planning involves being able to envision a positive and valued future for and with the person and their network of allies. This course evaluates current planning strategies with emphasis on the philosophical principles and values inherent in those strategies. Learners practice writing clear implementation plans incorporating elements of inclusion, empowerment, and individualization.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

The lives of individuals with disabilities can be improved through the use of assistive technology. In this course, learners investigate the principles of universal design and explore how those principles guide the incorporation of assistive technology into daily activities. Learners explore a variety of current assistive technologies and strategies for their use with individuals and groups.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This first-year composition course introduces learners to academic writing and critical thinking. They read and analyze sociopolitical, cultural, and gender issues in texts with an emphasis on experiences of people whose voices were historically silenced, particularly those of Indigenous communities in Canada. Learners develop strategies to communicate their own ideas and integrate them with those of others by quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing source material. Learners present their written assignments professionally according to APA formatting guidelines.

Course Delivery
Real-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Blended A mixed course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through a blend of scheduled in-class and scheduled or non-scheduled online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class and/or online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. Combined Online A course delivery mode that combines elements of non-scheduled and scheduled activity. Learners will be able to participate partly at times of their own choosing and are also required to participate in some scheduled online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Term 2

Required CoursesCredit

This course introduces the historical and contemporary models of services and supports for those who face barriers in employment. Learners examine practices to engage people in the discovery of personal and professional potential through employment and community contribution. Emphasis falls on the importance of creating and sustaining valued roles for people with disabilities in society.

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components. Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required.

This course introduces the general principles and key strategies to promote mental health and wellness. Learners examine the co-existence of developmental disabilities and mental health. Focus falls on the critical importance of day-to-day supports for mental health and wellness.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required.

This course introduces the concept of human behaviour as communication. Learners examine positive behavioural strategies supporting individuals at home, school, work, and community.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This practicum gives learners the opportunity to begin integrating theory and practice in the provision of support services to people with disabilities. Learners are placed in community and agency settings and supervised by agency staff. Weekly seminars provide opportunity for reflection and the integration of theory and practice.

Pre- or co-requisite: 9 credits of DCSC/DCSD program.
Pre-requisite: DAST1101

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components. Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of human growth and development and typical behavioural responses throughout the lifespan. You will analyze human development across four domains: physical, cognitive, social, and emotional. Emphasis is placed upon the stages of development and their linkage to common events occurring during these stages.

Course Delivery
Real-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Blended A mixed course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through a blend of scheduled in-class and scheduled or non-scheduled online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class and/or online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. Combined Online A course delivery mode that combines elements of non-scheduled and scheduled activity. Learners will be able to participate partly at times of their own choosing and are also required to participate in some scheduled online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Term 3

Required CoursesCredit

This course explores the factors that motivate behavior and learning. Learners study life outcomes for people with disabilities and complex behavior needs through an integrated system lens that includes positive behavior supports, person centered planning and wraparound services. Through the use of ecological and functional assessment tools learners will develop a variety of multi-element positive behavior intervention and supports that focus on quality of life.

Prerequisites or co-requisites: DAST1301, DAST1401, DAST2998

Course Delivery

In this course learners work with people with disabilities across the life span. The focus is on exploring the diverse roles that practitioners are responsible for in their day-to-day work with people and communities. Learners engage in planning activities that integrate multiple aspects of the lives of people with disabilities.

Pre-requisites: DAST1999

Course Delivery
Real-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This advanced course focuses on building skills for working cooperatively with children and adults in a family. The course covers diverse family structure and relationships as well as issues facing families today. The course involves instruction, role play, and integration on theories of practice with difficult family dynamics. Discussions include family theory from diverse perspectives.

Prerequisite: 12 credits.

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Social policy guides and enables the structural and systemic responses to social issues. You will develop your capacity for influencing social change, while examining the effect of social policies on the human service fields where you will work. You will investigate the relationships between economic, social, and political forces and discover the foundations for human service policies in Canada. Together with peers, you will reflect on key Canadian social policies and weigh their impacts on our lives, to address social problems.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components. Blended A mixed course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through a blend of scheduled in-class and scheduled or non-scheduled online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class and/or online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required.

Career ElectivesChoose one(1) of the following:

This course applies family systems theory in the examination of the relationships in families impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and to the development of strategies to meet the needs of all members. Emphasis is on the formation and maintenance of respectful, collaborative partnerships between individuals, families, caregivers, professionals, and agencies.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required.

This course introduces Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and its impact on those affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. Topics include terminology, assessment and diagnostic processes, as well as primary and secondary characteristics as they present across the lifespan. Learners explore the components and functions of the brain and the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on attention, memory, cognition, language, sensory perception, social emotional behaviours and impulsivity. Prevention and education are also explored.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required.

This course looks at various types of addictions and their impact on individuals. It looks at substances and their impact on body mind and behavior, and addresses substances by category and by individual addiction to understand their history, appeal risks and impact. Emphasis is given on addictions treatment theory and services.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required.

This course offers an examination of the various types of prevention and intervention initiatives at the regional, provincial and national judicial levels. Emphasis is on strategies that create holistic community supports including those that address safety issues, sexuality, abuse and interactions with the legal/justice systems.

Course Delivery
Real-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required.

Learners with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and their educators face unique challenges in the classroom. This course examines instructional and behavioural support techniques for learners with FASD. Emphasis falls on assessment and inclusive learner planning in the educational system. In addition, the course examines the roles and responsibilities of principals, teachers, educational assistants and others.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required.

The lives of individuals with disabilities can be improved through the use of assistive technology. In this course, learners investigate the principles of universal design and explore how those principles guide the incorporation of assistive technology into daily activities. Learners explore a variety of current assistive technologies and strategies for their use with individuals and groups.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Learners examine the theory and skills for intentional interviewing. The course focuses on the development of interviewing skills and the ability to adapt these skills to suit individual interviewee's needs. Learners develop a portfolio of interviewing competencies to enhance their professional practice.

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components. Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required.

Term 4

Required CoursesCredit

This course introduces the skills for building community capacity to support and include members with disabilities in meaningful ways. Learners develop knowledge about community development, accessibility through universal design, the essential skills of networking, and the art of relationship building. Emphasis falls on building and nurturing community connections between citizens in a way that values the unique skills and strengths of people with and without disabilities.

Prerequisite: DAST1999

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components. Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required.

Working with and facilitating groups is a key activity for the human services professional. In this course, learners explore the stages of group development, group roles and norms, theoretical frameworks, intervention, group design, implementation, and evaluation. Learners develop facilitation skills for groups with varying themes and makeup.

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components. Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required.

This course focuses on the theoretical and practical principles of effective leadership. Learners explore the theory, structure, and management of organizations as a foundation for program development in the context of human services organizations and funders.

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components. Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required.

Career ElectivesChoose one(1) of the following

This course focuses on historical and contemporary issues in society and how advocacy impacts the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Learners explore how experience informs the use of lobbyist tools to elicit social change within various contexts.

Pre-requisite: DAST1101

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This course applies family systems theory in the examination of the relationships in families impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and to the development of strategies to meet the needs of all members. Emphasis is on the formation and maintenance of respectful, collaborative partnerships between individuals, families, caregivers, professionals, and agencies.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required.

This course introduces Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and its impact on those affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. Topics include terminology, assessment and diagnostic processes, as well as primary and secondary characteristics as they present across the lifespan. Learners explore the components and functions of the brain and the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on attention, memory, cognition, language, sensory perception, social emotional behaviours and impulsivity. Prevention and education are also explored.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required.

This course looks at various types of addictions and their impact on individuals. It looks at substances and their impact on body mind and behavior, and addresses substances by category and by individual addiction to understand their history, appeal risks and impact. Emphasis is given on addictions treatment theory and services.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required.

This course offers an examination of the various types of prevention and intervention initiatives at the regional, provincial and national judicial levels. Emphasis is on strategies that create holistic community supports including those that address safety issues, sexuality, abuse and interactions with the legal/justice systems.

Course Delivery
Real-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required.

Learners with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and their educators face unique challenges in the classroom. This course examines instructional and behavioural support techniques for learners with FASD. Emphasis falls on assessment and inclusive learner planning in the educational system. In addition, the course examines the roles and responsibilities of principals, teachers, educational assistants and others.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required.

This course is an introduction to Indigenous cultural experience and perspectives. Learners analyze the foundations for stereotypes, bias and false narratives that impact Indigenous ways of being in Canada. Learners consider how legal and social policy impacts Indigenous identity. Euro-Canadian perspectives and beliefs toward Indigenous people are discussed. Learners explore the experience and Indigenous worldview in the Canadian context.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

PracticumLearners must also complete one of the following two courses:

This course consists of hands-on experience in an agency providing services to people with disabilities. The practicum enables learners to apply the theory, principles, and techniques to the service setting. Learners follow an area of interest by completing a capstone project that focuses knowledge, experience, research, and analysis of an area identified with the agency. Weekly seminars provide opportunity for reflection and the exploration of theory and practice.

Prerequisite: DAST2998
Pre- or co-requisite: HMSV2503

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Course Delivery
Off-Campus A course delivery mode where learners participate in scheduled activity at a non-college site. May include clinical, practicum, work experience, fieldwork, or similar components.

Program FAQs

Yes, see above information in Admission requirements, transferability.

Yes, there are three practicums in the diploma. Each is designed to increase your practice skills in different areas of services with children and adults.

Yes, many adult services and schools hire diploma graduates. 

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