Disability: Social and Health Issues helps demystify disability by examining the student’s willingness to critically examine long-held personal beliefs. Students will explore disability from bio-psycho-social and cultural perspectives. They will gain knowledge of the disability community’s common language, norms of conduct, economic concerns, political issues, and struggles with stigmatization. This course is designed to prepare students for generalist practice of social work and other social service professions with emphasis on social and health issues that impact on people with disabilities across the life span. Theories of human behavior, best-practice models, important government policies, and current research studies that are relevant to professional service to individuals with disabilities are presented. A number of specific disabilities will be discussed with attention to the needs associated with each.