Beyond Normal

Anna Ward
Day/Time Taught: 
MWF 10:00 – 10:50 am
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The topics we will examine in this course will be disability and advocacy. The class will cover the historical precedents related to people with special needs, how they are reflected in contemporary popular media and literature, and best practices of engagement in the world for those with and without identified disabilities. The class will explore best practices in understanding living and learning challenges through universal design, understanding accommodations, the ADA (American Disabilities Act), Civil Rights Act and other relevant legislation. We will explore ways to support and advocate for self and others by looking at the particular needs and challenges for those labeled as having disabilities. We will examine models of successful inclusive living and learning environments that exist in education and communities all over the world such as Camphill Villages and L’Arche communities. Overall goals of advocacy for self and others will be emphasized through readings, discussions, interviews and self-exploration.

Instructor Bio: 

Anna has taught at Appalachian for 18 years. Prior to teaching at Appalachian she taught public high school.  With this particular course, she hopes to support the Residential Learning Community that involves the Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program.  She is the current director for the Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program, a 2 year inclusive college program for college aged individuals with identified mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. She works daily with the individuals in that program. Previous experience includes facilitating arts experiences for special populations and counseling practice with special populations. Anna also has degrees in education and community counseling which cover aspects of working with individuals with intellectual disabilities as well as learning disabilities.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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