Learning From Persons with Disabilities: Mt Hood Kiwanis Camp

Instructor Name: 
Brenna K. Wood (Spring Term), Leann Horrocks (Summer Term), TBA (Summer Term)
Email: 
Course Description: 

Website for more information: https://www.pdx.edu/education/kiwanis

Through coursework using a social justice framework, students will broaden their understanding of the lived experience of persons with disabilities by exploring histories, personal stories, and social movements. Students will explore the intersection of that lived experience and society (attitudes, assumptions, accessibility, inequity, politics, culture, services, inclusion/exclusion). Further, students will learn how the lives of disabled persons are similar and different from their own. *Note: Individuals may prefer to self identify using person-first (e.g., person with a disability) and/or identity-first language (e.g., disabled person). In this description, both person-first and identify-first language are used interchangeably.      

During this 2-week intensive course, multiple modes of content delivery will be used to enrich student learning. For example, participation in group discussions, interacting with online module activities and course readings, participating in guest lectures and panel presentations, as well as exploring multimedia/film. Through this delivery method students will discuss disability justice, the use of person-first / identify-first language, and reflect on the impacts of social policy on disabled persons. Students will gain awareness of the many issues and fields of inquiry (politics, science, philosophy, human services, etc.) important to persons with disabilities and the greater community. In addition, they will understand the contributions and challenges of nonprofits serving our community members with disabilities, especially during a pandemic, by learning about the Mt Hood Kiwanis Camp and other community partners. Finally, students will examine how one’s assumptions and perspectives about disabled persons impact what is possible for self and others. 

* Interested students must go to http://www.pdx.edu/sped/kiwanis as soon as possible to learn more about the requirements and features of this course.

* To protect the health and safety of students and campers, PSU students won’t be physically present at the camp in summer 2021, yet our partnership with camp remains strong. We’re pleased to offer a virtual capstone course allowing students to learn the expertise of camp staff, the lived experience of campers, and other disability rights and justice projects in the PDX community and beyond. We look forward to PSU students returning to camp as soon as it’s safe to do so. Explore the links to learn more about becoming a counselor in the future or volunteering at camp after the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us.

* More information on being a counselor

* A Video About This Senior Capstone

Course Goals:

*Deepen and broaden their understanding of the lived experience of persons with disabilities in society (diversity, equity and social justice; inquiry and critical thinking).

*Gain awareness of the many issues and fields of inquiry (politics, science, philosophy, human services, etc.) important to persons with disabilities/different abilities and the greater community (inquiry and critical thinking, communication, diversity, equity and social justice).

*Describe the impacts of social policy on persons with disabilities (ethics, agency and community, critical thinking)

*Understand the contributions and challenges of nonprofits serving our community members with different abilities/disabilities by learning about the Mt Hood Kiwanis Camp (agency and community, critical thinking).

*Examine how one’s personal assumptions and perspectives about persons with disabilities/different abilities impact what is possible for self and others (communication, diversity, equity and social justice, inquiry and critical thinking)

 

 

 

 

Project Description: 

Through multiple modes of content delivery and activities, students will engage in critical thinking and reflection that questions their role, communication skills and life perspectives in a diverse world. Student learning during this intensive 2-week capstone will act in concert with practical course content, guest lecturers and their personal perspectives to answer the following questions:

  • *What have I learned about myself/my abilities to work/communicate with people of difference in society?
  • *How can I use what I have learned during this capstone in my personal life, civic/social life, and my career beyond the classroom?
  • *Has my interaction with persons with disabilities changed my perspective or given me a foundational insight into human relationships?