Unit 1: Advocacy
Advocacy is an overarching theme that will help guide you through the DREAM module. Advocacy skills are important for all individuals, especially those with a disability. Research suggests that advocacy skills are important and necessary for helping students with disabilities succeed in their education experience (Test, et al., 2005, Easterbrook et al, 2016).
Unit 2: Rights & Responsibilities
Everyone is entitled to equity, dignity and respect and freedom from discrimination. These are rights protected by laws. Although these are human rights, we live in an imperfect world where not all of society abides by these principles. Violations of human rights can occur anytime, and often when we least expect it. This is why it is important for you to learn what rights protect you and what are your responsibilities.
Unit 3: Disclosure
Disclosure is a personal choice. Disclosure is defined as the moment in which a student communicates that he or she has a disability. Disclosure can be a very stressful part of having a disability. This module will cover types and levels of disclosure; methods of stress management; and disclosure options.
Unit 4: Accommodations
The fourth unit of the DREAM module focuses on Accommodations. The first three learning units focused on developing advocacy skills, informing you about your rights and responsibilities, and assessing the costs and benefits of disclosing your disability to practicum supervisors, future employers, and professors. This unit will build upon each of these topics, and aid you in the process of gaining academic or workplace accommodations.
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