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Developmental Disabilities Training Series

Tuesday, March 19, 2019   (0 Comments)
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports there are over six million individuals in the U.S. with developmental disabilities including 1 in 6 children.  Developmental disabilities include Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability and others. Individuals with developmental disabilities are protected under federal and state discrimination laws and are sometimes an underserved audience in diversity and inclusion efforts.

Cooperative Extension is an equal access/equal opportunity institution and as such does not exclude, and would benefit from welcoming individuals with disabilities into its programming. In order to ensure that programming is accessible and appropriate for all audiences, Extension educators need a foundation of knowledge about developmental disabilities and how to effectively adapt their programs to meet their audience’s learning needs.

The Developmental Disabilities Training Series, a five-part course that furthers understanding of the needs, characteristics and rights of individuals with developmental disabilities and provides inclusive educational strategies. The course is suitable for Extension personnel, volunteers and non-formal educators who design and implement programs for youth and adults with disabilities who participate in school and community-based programs.

The course includes: Overview of Disabilities; Disabilities and Learning; Understanding and Managing Behavior; Visual Supports; and Disabilities Laws, Program Accommodations and Modifications. The Developmental Disabilities Training Series is available as an online non-credit course through Colorado State University at https://www.online.colostate.edu/badges/developmental-disabilities/

In-person training is available upon request. For more information contact Rutgers Cooperative Extension FCHS Educator Michelle Brill at brill@njaes.rutgers.edu or 4-H Agent Jeannette Rea Keywood at reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu or 609-827-0199.


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