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Boosting Your Disability IQ - Pt. 2 Societal Attitudes Toward Disability and Their Impact-
#3081 Boosting Your Disability IQ - Pt. 2 Societal Attitudes Toward Disability and Their Impact


2 Contact Hours

Attitudes – we all have them. They may relate to a variety of things including food, music, politics and even people. Some are positive, and some are negative, but, regardless of their nature, they directly influence our behavior.

This interactive online continuing education course examines society’s attitudes toward disability and analyzes their effects. Through an in-depth review of prejudice and discrimination against people with disabilities, this course encourages the beginner, intermediate and advanced health care professional/paraprofessional to explore his or her own attitudes about disability and their potential impact on professional service delivery.

In addition to reader-friendly text and descriptive diagrams, the Learner will have the opportunity to complete enrichment activities designed to reinforce the information presented and provide personal applications of the material.

Course Goal: Learners who take this course will gain a thorough understanding of the multifaceted relationship between people with disabilities and our society and its impact on service providers and their clients.

Completion of the course series enables Learners to:

  • Enhance one’s knowledge and understanding of a variety of definitions of disabilities
  • Increase one’s awareness of personal, social and political issues as they relate to disability
  • Become a disability advocate

Availability: 120 days from registration, unless other agreement applies


Upon completion of this interactive online course, the learner will be able to:

  • Examine their personal perceptions of disability
  • Outline historical perspectives and movements contributing to society’s perceptions of disability
  • Identify sources of prejudice and discrimination
  • Analyze the effects of social and attitudinal factors on people with disabilities
  • Develop an awareness of and sensitivity to the effects of prejudice and discrimination
  • Apply techniques in their personal and professional lives to reduce prejudice and discrimination experienced by people with disabilities



Dynamic Group is an approved provider of continuing education courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). This program is offered for 0.2 CEUs, Introductory/Intermediate Level, Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention; Domain of OT: Client Factors; Professional Issues, Contemporary Issues & Trends. The assignment of AOTA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

This course is AOTA approved for 0.2 CEUs


AOTA Classification Codes:

  • Category 1: Domain of OT, Client Factors
  • Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process, Intervention
  • Category 3: Professional Issues, Contemporary Issues & Trends

Approved for 2 CEU
(2 contact hours) by the
Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers.

State of Illinois Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor License No: 216.000127

Dynamic Learning Online is approved by New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions as a sponsor of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists & Physical Therapy Assistants

Dynamic Learning Online is a Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (TPTA) Accredited Provider. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.

This course is also approved by:

  • Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy
  • Center for Guardianship Certification
  • DC Board of Physical Therapy
  • Florida Board of Occupational Therapy for 2 Content Hours
  • Florida Statewide Public Guardianship Office
  • Texas Guardianship Certification Board

Author and Instructor

Shelly L. Beaver, MS, CTRS earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2001 and Master of Science degree in Leisure Studies in 2003 from the Pennsylvania State University. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and has clinical experience in long term care, mental health and physical rehabilitation settings. In addition, Shelly is employed as a program coordinator and part-time lecturer at Penn State Altoona teaching courses based in recreation and disability studies.

Most recently, Shelly developed and facilitated Sense-ational Endeavors, a recreation program for children with autism spectrum disorders in conjunction with Penn State Altoona. She received the National Rehab Week Advocate Congressional Award for the program in September 2011.

Her professional interests include disability awareness and advocacy, the meaning of play through the life span, and the effect of recreation-based approaches in school-aged children with disabilities, particularly autism spectrum disorders.

Author Disclosure

Shelly L. Beaver, MS, CTRS, Contracted Instructor/Writer, Dynamic Group (Dynamic Learning Online Inc.)

Financial - Author for Boosting Your Disability IQ, Pt. 2: Societal Attitudes Toward Disability and Their Impact, receives royalty payments.

Non-financial - No relevant non-financial relationship exists.

Teaching MethodS

Teaching methods: This course is provided using instructor lecture via web-based text, pictures and diagrams, enrichment activities and web links. References and resources are be provided as well. E-mail correspondence with the instructor is encouraged but not required. A Final Exam is required with multiple attempts allowed to obtain a minimum passing grade of 80%. Learner must also participate a minimum of 80% of the CE awarded hours in the course material to be eligible to print the certificate of completion.