Introduction to Developmental Disabilities

14 weeks Microcredential


This course will examine the broad field of developmental disabilities through the lifespan. Learners will appraise what is meant by developmental disability as well as etiology, prevalence, and characteristics of various developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorder and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Additionally, learners will examine the history of developmental disability policy in Ontario and current trends and issues including rights, entitlements, self-advocacy, and ethical considerations. Support and intervention practices as well as lifespan considerations such as mental health, employment and aging will also be reviewed.

You may enroll in a Continuing Education course at Canadore College if you are 19 years of age or older or if you have earned an Ontario Secondary School Diploma/Ontario Secondary School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

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Note - This course is designed as a self-paced delivery offering.

Most college level courses require textbooks; textbooks are not included in the course fees. It is the student’s responsibility to purchase any required textbooks.

Textbooks are available at the Campus Shop for in class, Contact North, and iLearn/D2L courses. The Campus Shop does not carry most OntarioLearn textbooks. OntarioLearn textbooks can be purchased at

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.