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Boosting Your Disability IQ - Pt. 4 The Importance of Culture in Disability Services-
#3083 Boosting Your Disability IQ - Pt. 4 The Importance of Culture in Disability Services


2 Contact Hours

The definitions of and concepts associated with the term disability can dramatically vary throughout different cultures across the globe. As a result, individual beliefs related to the perceived causes of disabling conditions, appropriate treatment options and or social implications of disability may differ cross-culturally as well. Such individual perceptions can dramatically affect if, when and how individuals with disabilities seek health services and how well they adjust to the onset of disability. To ensure the appropriate and responsible provision of health services to individuals with differing cultural perspectives, practitioners must understand cultural variations in beliefs and behaviors related to disability.

This interactive online continuing education course prepares the beginner, intermediate and advanced health care professional/paraprofessional to successfully provide culturally competent disability-related services to clients from culturally diverse backgrounds. Through an in-depth review of various cultural perspectives of disability and a thorough discussion of culturally competent practice techniques, professionals will gain knowledge, insight and confidence in treating and meeting the needs of a diverse clientele.

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

Course Goal: Learners who take this course will gain a thorough understanding of cultural perspectives of disability, their impact on the provision of human services and how to effectively care for individuals with disabilities from various cultural backgrounds.

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:

  • Develop an awareness of and sensitivity to individuals with differing cultural perspectives of disability
  • Summarize various global perspectives of causation and the social impact of disability
  • Identify key differences between various cultural definitions and perceptions of disability
  • Design, plan and facilitate culturally competent services for a diversity of clients with disabilities
  • Describe and apply the cultural broker model



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
  • 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.

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

Financial - Author for Boosting Your Disability IQ, Pt. 4: The Importance of Culture in Disability Services, 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 live web links. References and resources are be provided as well. E-mail correspondence with the instructor is encouraged but not required. There is one final exam, with the expectation of an 80% score to receive credit for the course. 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.