Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education 300:
Individuals with Disabilities
with Taucia Gonzalez
About this Course
Individuals with Disabilities (RPSE 300) is an overview of the characteristics and problems of exceptional children and youth. We will look at:
- Definitions and classification systems
- Etiology of handicapping conditions
- Educational services
- Adult adjustment
- Current controversies and future trends
The overall purpose of the class is to expand knowledge base of educators and clinicians to better understand and serve the diverse needs, interests, and goals of learners in remedial and educational settings.
Individuals with Disabilities is designed to introduce class members to the concept of disability and to the field of special education. The history, etiology, and characteristics of specific categories of disability will be examined, as will educational programs designed to meet the needs and interests of school-age students with disabilities. Topics germane to the study of disability and the field of special education such as cultural and linguistic diversity and inclusion will also be explored.
This course is online!
June 19 –
Meet Your Professor
Rehabilitation Psychology & Special Education (RPSE)
Taucia Gonzalez, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education. Her program of research, grounded in equity and inclusion for culturally and linguistically diverse learners, is twofold focusing on 1) opportunity to learn through inclusive literacy instruction for Dual Language Learners (DLLs) with learning disabilities (LDs) and 2) preparing teachers to work at the intersection of language and ability differences. Dr. Gonzalez’s work bridges general and special education and has been featured in journals such as the Journal of Multilingual Research and the European Journal of Special Needs Education. She currently serves as an advisory board member for New York University’s Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality. Dr. Gonzalez has spent over 15 years working in and with Latinx communities as an educator and educational researcher. While teaching in urban dual language schools where she was honored as an exemplary Latina educator with the Chicanos por la Causa Esperanza Award. She is currently a co-principal investigator on a Spencer Foundation funded study examining youth participatory action research after-school club as a reorganized learning ecology for culturally and linguistically diverse youth with and without LDs. (source)