The primary mission of the baccalaureate program in Rehabilitation Services is to prepare students to work with people with disabilities in a variety of settings in a wide range of positions. Students will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to assist individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain meaningful employment, to live as independently as possible, to participate to the fullest extent possible in their communities, and to assume control of their lives.
To achieve this mission, students in Rehabilitation Services will develop a broad understanding of the field of rehabilitation. After completing the courses, students will have:
- a familiarity with the various disabilities people may experience and the psychosocial aspects of these disabilities;
- an understanding of the helping professions and the interpersonal skills required of helping professionals;
- knowledge of various community resources and the services provided by those resources;
- an awareness of values, philosophy, and basic practices in the field of rehabilitation;
- the skills to use the elementary principles of applied behavior analysis;
- an understanding of the different roles and responsibilities of those trained at the undergraduate versus the graduate level;
- oral, written, and nonverbal communication skills for working with people with disabilities, their families, and other service providers so that they may work as integral members of multidisciplinary teams providing services to consumers;
- a familiarity with professional organizations and journals in the field so that they will be prepared to stay informed of current issues;
- and a solid base of knowledge enabling them to pursue graduate work if they desire.