Foundations for Understanding Disability: A Health Perspective

HLTH 332/3.0


HLTH 332 is designed to provide upper-year students with a solid understanding of disability and disability-related issues as they pertain to health and quality of life. Key disability concepts, such as definitions and models of disability, attitudes, human rights, accessibility, policy, and barriers will be introduced and their relevance to health, quality of life, and participation in several life domains will be examined.

Learning Outcomes

Successful students will be able to:

  • Discuss disability terminology and models.
  • Explain how health conditions interact with personal and environmental factors to influence participation and quality of life among persons with disability.
  • Recognize, critically appraise, and propose feasible solutions that minimize or remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion in society.
  • Communicate appropriately and respectfully using inclusive language in order to advocate responsibly and professionally for an accessible and inclusive society.
  • Reflect on and evaluate the consequences of their own personal attitudes towards disability.


Summer (May–July) 2024
Course Dates
Exam Dates (if applicable)
Delivery Mode


5% - AODA Online Modules

10% - Weekly Check-in and Activities

20% - Module Quizzes (4 x 5% each)

20% - Environmental Scan & Discussion

20% - Accessibility Audit & Letter of Advocacy

25% - Take-Home Exam

Bonus Opportunities

2% - Resources Hunts

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Textbook and Materials

ASO reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.


  • McColl, M. A. (2019). Appreciative Disability Studies. Concord, Ontario: Captus Press.

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 9-10 hours a week in study and online activity for HLTH 332.