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Boosting Your Disability IQ - Pt. 3 The Disability Experience-
#3082 Boosting Your Disability IQ - Pt. 3 The Disability Experience


3 Contact Hours

The onset of disability can be a traumatic event for individuals and their families. Its impact causes a flood of emotions that result in various psychosocial responses from individuals with disabilities and those who support them. As rehabilitation professionals, we must adequately understand our clients’ responses to disability and be proficient in the provision of therapeutic interventions to promote positive coping skills as we assist them during this time of transition.

This interactive online continuing education course presents the beginner, intermediate and advanced health care professional/paraprofessional with detailed information about individual responses to disability. Through an in-depth review of models of adaptation to disability and a thorough discussion of factors influencing one’s adjustment to the onset of disability, this course provides professionals with knowledge of the disability experience from the client’s perspective while preparing them to assist the client’s successful adaptation to the onset of his or her disability.

This course is the third of four in the “Boosting Your Disability IQ” program.

Course Goal: Learners who take this course will gain a thorough understanding of the varied responses to the onset of disability and how one’s individual response may impact the provision of human services.

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 course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss factors influencing one’s response to the onset of disability
  • Analyze the effects of the onset of disability/chronic illness on people with disabilities
  • Identify components of adaptation to disability
  • Compare various models of psychosocial adaptation to disability and chronic illness
  • Outline the stage theory of adaptation/response to disability
  • Develop an awareness of and sensitivity to the individual disability experience
  • Apply models of psychosocial adaptation to disability and chronic illness in service delivery to individuals with such conditions



Dynamic Group is an approved provider of continuing education courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). This program is offered for 0.3 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 0.3 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
  • DC Board of Physical Therapy
  • Florida Board of Occupational Therapy for 3 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 of Boosting Your Disability IQ, Pt. 3: The Disability Experience

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.