The topics we will examine in this course will be disability and advocacy. The class will cover the historical precedents related to people with special needs, how they are reflected in contemporary popular media and literature, and best practices of engagement in the world for those with and without identified disabilities. The class will explore best practices in understanding living and learning challenges through universal design, understanding accommodations, the ADA (American Disabilities Act), Civil Rights Act and other relevant legislation. We will explore ways to support and advocate for self and others by looking at the particular needs and challenges for those labeled as having disabilities. We will examine models of successful inclusive living and learning environments that exist in education and communities all over the world such as Camphill Villages and L'Arche communities. Overall goals of advocacy for self and others will be emphasized through readings, discussions, interviews, and self-exploration. NOTE: This course is offered as a hybrid with required face-to-face meeting times as stated and 33% online asynchronous. Instructor will provide details to enrolled students.