Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation (BCR)
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What you will learn in this program
Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies scholars ask questions such as: How can families affected by chronic health concerns participate fully in their communities? Do stigmas associated with disabilities influence social policy? How can society adapt to the needs of impaired people?
Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies examines the economic, social and political forces that serve to marginalize people. During the course of your studies, much of your learning will occur while actively working on problems in class and through practical supervised field education. You’ll learn to design, deliver and evaluate community-based support services and how to form alliances that promote full participation in the community.
Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies graduates have global opportunities to work in areas such as career development, aging, brain injury, fetal alcohol syndrome, physical disability, inclusive education, research and more. A degree in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or a professional degree such as law, medicine, speech and language pathology, or physical therapy.
Courses you'll take:
Disability in Theory and Everyday Life, Introduction to Community Rehabilitation, Principles of Psychology I, The Organization and Diversity of Life, Introduction to Disability Studies
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Admission requirements and information
I think the social discrimination experienced by people labelled as impaired stems from the fact that we expect people to have certain abilities. For 30 years I have studied this discrimination from an advocacy and academic angle. What we do in BCR is widely applicable to the social realities of many marginalized groups. Through hands-on experience, opportunities to research/be published, our students are positioned to make a real difference; as knowledge translators they empower communities.
Gregor Wolbring, PhD — Associate Professor
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BCR struck me as unique. It teaches a long-term holistic approach that I believe genuinely addresses social issues and health. Research is encouraged and practicums ensure that what we learn is applicable to our work. The way I see and judge the world has been overturned; I no longer look through my eyes but those of my future clients. I’ve expanded my career to truly encompass what occupational therapists do outside of "rehabilitation”: impacting the community through policy and advocacy.
Emily C., community rehabilitation student
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