Curriculum Guideline

Introduction to Employment Supports

Effective Date:
Course Code
DACS 5131
Introduction to Employment Supports
Disability & Community Studies
Applied Community Studies
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
60 hours: Online
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture
  • Case study
  • Presentations
  • Guest speakers
  • Video/DVD
Course Description
This upper level undergraduate course examines historical and contemporary constructions of employment services and supports for people with disabilities, youth at risk, mental illness and others who have significant barriers. It will highlight various theoretical frameworks for interpreting the nature and meaning of employment supports. It will also provide an overview of evidence-based practice.
Course Content
  • Review historical approaches to disability/employment models from a variety of contexts.
  • Analyze the strengths and weakness of the models and frameworks.
  • Examine the points of transition through the lifespan and how they relate to employment.
  • Develop a conceptual understanding of the challenges of access to employment for individuals that experience significant barriers.
  • Outline the principles of disability management.
  • Explore the concept of rehabilitation and disability management. 
  • Consider the roles of cultural and corporate competence when working with the client, employer and co-worker.
  • Overview of the roles and responsibilities of individuals providing supports services and employment support.
  • Consider principles of change and leadership and how they affect employment supports.
  • Examine social and international policy as it relates to employment and disability.
  • Examine the vocational profile process.
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of historical and contemporary constructs of employment supports services and supports.
  2. Evaluate employment and career development models in various contexts.
  3. Analyze the trends and developments in evidence-based employment supports.
  4. Assess the vocational and employment process, including disability management framework.
  5. Describe the values, ethics and philosophy that underpin employment support services.
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:

  • Research paper
  • Presentation
  • Literature reviews
  • Case Study/critiques
Textbook Materials



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