Learning Objectives and FAQ
By participating fully in the community activities, Texas State students will learn to:
- Compare and contrast the characteristics of major categories of cognitive disabilities (e.g., intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, mental illnesses, brain injuries, and dementias)
- Explain the historical shifts in Long-Term Care (LTC) for individuals with cognitive disabilities in regard to segregation, institutionalization, and deinstitutionalization continuum
- Critically evaluate the current status of LTC for individuals of all ages with cognitive disabilities, with special emphasis on service delivery systems and organizational models in the state of Texas
- Describe the theory and historical roots of alternative disability movements/models of LTC for individuals with cognitive disabilities, including Life Long Living and Person-Centered Practices
- Implement the best practices of the alternative models in an applied setting
Acquire skills that may apply to a career as a direct support professional, applied behavior analyst, or licensed professional, such as psychologist, counselor, or specialist in school psychology
A Cognitive Disability can occur at any age and includes intellectual/developmental disability, mental illness, brain injury, stroke, and dementias. It is defined as a substantial limitation in one’s capacity to think; including conceptualizing, planning, and sequencing of thought and actions, remembering, judgment, and interpreting social cues.
Yes, it is estimated that there are more than 28.5 million people living with cognitive disabilities in the United States. In addition, someone 65 years old today is expected to live nearly 20 more years and 40% of these individuals will reach the age of 90. Many of these people will show cognitive decline and/or need long-term care.
Contact the Faculty Advisor, Dr. Ollie Seay, at OllieSeay@txstate.edu.