Autism & Developmental Disabilities
The 12-credit minor in Autism and Developmental Disabilities is an interdisciplinary plan of study which students choose from a variety of courses pertaining to people with developmental disabilities. The student is required to take a core set of courses in the health, behavioral and social sciences (9 credits) in addition to selecting one course (3 credits) from a list of disability-related offerings.
The Autism and Developmental Disabilities minor provides students with the knowledge of the historical, psychosocial, legal, health, behavioral, and philosophical understanding of autism and intellectual developmental disabilities. Students develop a strong interdisciplinary foundation with a focus on diversity and individual differences, person-centered planning, applied behavior analysis and advocacy for full community participation.
Students have the opportunity to apply their classroom learning in a community organization serving people with disabilities through the Practicum Experience (HS 490) and/or Independent Study (HS 499).
As the field of Autism and Developmental Disabilities grows, government and private social service organizations are seeking graduates who possess the knowledge and proper training from their undergraduate coursework. To address this need, our students will be prepared to assume a leadership and supervisory role in providing critical support services that enhance independence, individual choice, and community inclusion for people with autism and developmental disabilities. Specific job opportunities in the field of developmental disabilities include employment as a Medicaid Service Coordinator/Case Manager, day habilitation specialist, job coach, direct support professional, community habilitation specialist, group leader, and assistant manager.