This course introduces students to historical and contemporary approaches to working with people with disabilites. The class includes an introduction to special education, residential services, vocational services, and other services for children and adults with disabilities. The students will be introduced to specific disabilities, the way people with disabilities learn, live, and are employed as well as individual development. The course provides the student the importance of providing supportive environments and the independent living model for maximizing the quality of life. The student will complete service learning and research projects in addition to the textbook information that will assist the student to learn more about services to individuals and future career opportunities.