Spring 2024 SOWK 322 Class 05 Weekly Email

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I hope you are all having a wonderful week!

Unit Introduction and What You Will Learn

In week five, we start engaging with the lived experience of persons with disabilities. My lecture video discusses the stages of acceptance of a learning disability (Higgins et al., 2002). Rothman (2018) provides several impactful personal accounts of people with disabilities sharing about the start of their disability, how it progresses, and some of the consequences. During this unit, you will learn the following:

  • Identify different time periods in which disability can begin
  • Identify variations in the course of the progression of disability
  • Identify outcomes associated with disability
  • Identify supports that might be available at all stages of onset, course, and outcome

Unit Assignments


A–01: Asynchronous Participation and Engagement

Students are to make at least three replies across any of the five open forums this week. Remember, the expectation is to read all of the posts. Your responses can include another student’s reply if you contribute something substantial to the discussion. Be sure to post on two separate days to show engagement. The following are the five forums this week:

Unit Resources

For week five you will read a couple of articles. McGill Smith (n.d.) and her article You Are Not Alone: For Parents When They Learn That Their Child Has a Disability gives a good description of what a parent finding out their child has a disability might need to hear. Smith (2023) and her article Illness and Disability: Living Well with a Disability give ideas for how people can learn to cope with their disability. Epler (2018) in her TED Talk 3 ways to be a better ally in the workplace, gives some great examples of how we can support persons with disabilities.

All of the slides used for this class can be found at https://presentations.jacobrcampbell.com. This week’s slides are at Spring 2024 SOWK 322 Week 05 - Stages of Acceptance of a Learning Disability.

You can find the lecture video recording for this class in the lecture videos link in the sidebar. This week’s video is at Spring 2024 SOWK 322 - Week 05.


Epler, M. B. (2018). 3 ways to be a better ally in the workplace [Video]. TED. https://www.ted.com/talks/melinda_briana_epler_3_ways_to_be_a_better_ally_in_the_workplace

Higgins, E. L., Raskind, M. H., Goldberg, R. J., & Herman, K. L. (2002). Stages of acceptance of a learning disability: The impact of labeling. Learning Disability Quarterly, 25(1), 3-18. https://doi.org/10.2307/1511187

McGill Smith, P. (n.d.). You are not alone: For parents when they learn that their child has a disability. Center for Parent Information & Resources. https://www.parentcenterhub.org/notalone/

Smith, M. (2023, October 17). Illness and disability: Living well with a disability. HelpGuide. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/living-well-with-a-disability.htm

To-Do Lists

  • Read Chapter 8 in the textbook
  • Watch the lecture video
  • Browse articles and the TED talk provided
  • Make at least three responses across any of the five forums