CommunicateCARE: A Curriculum of Caring for People with Developmental Disabilities
The Associated Medical Services (AMS) has awarded a fellowship grant to enhance and advance a Niagara-based initiative that introduces medical and nursing students to people with developmental disabilities. Since 2008 Bethesda has hosted students from McMaster Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Niagara Regional Campus and Brock School of Nursing providing them with opportunities to meet with people whose lives are affected by developmental disabilities and medical or mental health needs. The students have benefited from interacting with children, adults, family members and professionals. The program evaluations have been uniformly positive and our Curriculum of Caring for people with developmental disabilities has received recognition beyond Niagara. The AMS Phoenix Fellowship grant is being used to create video-based resources aimed at fostering compassionate, person-centered care.
The Curriculum of Caring currently has three phases of valuable experiential learning:
There are many opportunities to participate in the Curriculum of Caring. More information will be forthcoming through this blog.
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