Disabilities

Effective Change Agent

There are various community partners for this Capstone. The cooperative learning environment set forth for this class will help students create the ‘learning community’ necessary to achieve the course objectives. This cooperative approach (group activities, assignments and projects) will rely heavily on active participation and will therefore be dependent upon the level of responsibility that the student chooses to take for themself and for their classmates.

Linking the Generations. Students will engage with older adults to complete a variety of life history projects. Students will address their assumptions and stereotypes toward the aging population and will reflect upon personal barriers and successes in the intergenerational communication process. Communication issues will be addressed in the areas of intrapersonal, interpersonal, and intercultural communication.

Learning From Persons with Disabilities: Mt Hood Kiwanis Camp. Human diversity includes the variety of abilities and disabilities we all experience. In this capstone, students learn how the lives of persons with significant disabilities are similar and different than their own. They examine the challenges and needs of persons with disabilities and their families in society.

 

Street Roots: Exploring Issues of Homelessness  In this Capstone students explore and expose various issues surrounding poverty and homelessness through direct contact with non-profits, businesses, government and the homeless community. Students will report and write stories, complete with original photography, for publication in Street Roots, Portland's homeless newspaper.

The Portland Actor's Ensemble Grant Writing Project  Students in this Capstone course partner with the Portland Actors Ensemble (http://www.portlandactors.com/).  Class uses an experiential approach: that is, students learn to write compelling grant proposals by engaging in the process of writing actual proposals to be used by PAE in its pursuit of funding.

(Note: This is a two term Capstone (winter and spring), and is three credits per term.