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PWE 018 – Beginners Computer

This course is designed to provide the handicapped person who is interested in reentering the work force with a basic understanding of the computer, and several applications of the Window 95 software packages.

Course Objectives:
1. develop the ability to use the mouse to select menus, commands and icons;
2. format basic editing functions (deleting, cut, paste, insert);
3. format documents;
4. enter labels, values, formulas into a worksheet, and
5. edit and print content of a worksheet.

PWE 019 – Consumer Case Management Associate

This course is designed to teach individuals with special needs how to identify their physical, mental and social needs, while allowing them to work collaboratively with other health care professionals in an attempt to provide pertinent information for global wellness and treatment plans.

Course Objectives:
1. Describe the goals and objectives of case management and its basic functions, such as assessment, planning, linking, monitoring, and advocacy;
2. Give a general overview of mental illness, including symptomatology and decision-making by the professional;
3. Become familiar with the DSM-III-R;
4. Describe the stigma of mental illness and its effects;
5. Present values concerning medication, handling side-effects, and interacting with the psychiatrist;
6. Monitor own stress level and change own coping approaches, including improving relaxation and concentration;
7. Reflect another person¿s feeling by using appropriate techniques and helping the persons to assume responsibility;
8. Appropriately access needed community resources on behalf of the client, and
9. Describe how to accurately complete various common entitlement forms used in Maryland.

PWE 021 – Computer Skills

This course is designed to provide the handicapped person who is interested in reentering the work force with a basic understanding of the computer, and several applications of the Window 95 software packages.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of basic terminology used in operating a computer;
2. describe major components of the computer;
3. demonstrate an understanding of and handle problems operating a computer;
4. start-up Windows 95 on a computer;
5. use menus and toolbar buttons;
6. find, open and back-up existing files, and enter text in Microsoft Word;
7. use commands in Microsoft Word;
8. create documents in Microsoft Word;
9. demonstrate an understanding of the functions of a spreadsheet;
10. create and format a spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel;
11. enter data and formulas for calculations in Microsoft Excel, and
12. demonstrate an understanding of the functions of a data base.

PWE 033 – Drawing And Painting

This course is designed to enable disabled students to apply the basic concepts and skills of art. The students will use a variety of art mediums and materials to explore the world of fine art.

Course Objectives:
1. identify one or more art techniques;
2. identify appropriate materials needed to complete the project;
3. draw or paint one or more fine art creations, and
4. experiment with various mediums to explore the unlimited possibilities of communication through the world of art.

PWE 039 – Teaching Gross Motor Skills

This course is designed to enable individuals with psychiatric, physical and other disabilities. To improve their gross motor skills and to achieve a higher functioning level within their community.

Course Objectives:
1. learn full range of movement of all major joints;
2. learn what limits the range of joint motion, ie tight muscles may force clumsy and inefficient movement;
3. improve flexibility through resistance exercises.

PWE 043 – Teaching Gross Motor Skills For Disabled Adults

This course is designed to enable individuals with psychiatric, physical and other disabilities to improve their gross motor skills and to achieve a higher functioning level within their community.

Course Objectives:
1. learn full range of movement of all major joints;
2. learn what limits the range of joint motion, i.e. tight muscles may force clumsy an inefficient movement;
3. improve flexibility through resistance exercises; and
4. improve better control and allow more rapid movement through motor skill exercises.

PWE 045 – Vocational, Social and Communication Skills For Disabled Adults

This course is designed to provide developmentally disabled adults with performance-based vocational, social and communications training to help them work and live independently in the community.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate improved work skills, habits, and attitudes necessary to obtain and maintain competitive and sheltered employment;
2. demonstrate improved social adjustment skills in terms of self-help and personal management training; and
3. demonstrate verbal and math skills.

PWE 064 – Teaching Gross Motor Skills

This course is designed to enable individuals with psychiatric, physical and other disabilities to improve their gross motor skills and to achieve a higher functioning level within their community. Topics covered include increasing intellectual ability through gross motor skills, enhance work efficiency, strengthen endurance and coordination, improve cardio-respiratory endurance and internal locus control.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate full range of movement on all major joints;
2. demonstrate an understanding of what limits the range of joint motion, i.e. tight muscles that may force clumsy and inefficient movement;
3. improve flexibility through resistance exercises; and
4. improve better control and allow more rapid movement through motor skill exercises.

PWE 067 – Sewing For The Handicapped

This course is designed to teach individuals with disabilities how to apply the basic techniques of sewing. The course will strengthen the student's eye hand coordination and provide the student with basic sewing skills, and will cover how to begin a project, materials needed, threading, and following a pattern.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understand of how to begin a sewing project;
2. develop the ability to collect together all the materials needed for a project, i.e. scissors, needles, and thread;
3. apply the ability to measure fabric;
4. apply the ability to tread needles; and
5. demonstrate the ability to follow a basic pattern.

PWE 069 – EFFECTIVE COMMUNCATN SPCL POPU

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate improved responses to a variety of verbal and nonverbal cues in conversation using a number of topical areas for discussion,
2. demonstrate the use of relevant information in one-to-one and group discussions for creative problem solving, and
3. demonstrate the use of appropriate responses after listening to a variety of communications.

PWE 070 – GED Preparation for Special Populations

This course is designed to teach individuals with psychiatric disabilities the concepts pertaining to the preparation of passing the GED.

Course Objectives:
1. identify subject verb agreement;
2. write complete sentences using grammar mechanics (capitalization, punctuation, and spelling);
3. locate the main idea of a paragraph;
4. understand the social sciences that make-up social studies;
5. identify the basic units of life;
6. interpret literature and the arts;
7. complete addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers; and
8. complete word problems using fractions, decimals and percentages.

PWE 071 – Beginners Computer for Special Populations

This course is designed to introduce students to computer terminology as well as introducing them to the basic skills needed to operate a computer.

PWE 078 – BASIC/NUT/INDIV/W/DISABILITIES

Course Objectives:
1. identify the nutritional values of a variety of foods,
2. describe the basic concepts of nutrition and healthy lifestyles,
3. discuss programs in the community that assist independent/supported individuals with meal assistance,
4. create menus containing balanced food groupings, and
5. collaborate with other professionals on personal preferences in the areas of sustenance and personal health preferences.

PWE 085 – ASSERT/TRAIN/INDIV/DISABIL

Course Objectives:
1. identify several styles of communication,
2. identify the appropriate time for each style of communication,
3. demonstrate an understanding of the basic components of assertive communication,
4. role-play situations in which one may need to become more assertive,
5. utilize the five tips to improve assertiveness, and
6. demonstrate an understanding of three positive life outcomes of increasing self-determination.

PWE 087 – Basic Math Skills

This course is designed to provide the educable patient in state hospitals with basic math skills for independent or semi-independent living in their respective communities. Topics to be covered include: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate the ability to solve basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems;
2. demonstrate the ability to apply math skills to in daily living and job situations; and
3. demonstrate the ability to count money and recognize currency.

PWE 091 – SEWING FOR THE HANDICAPPED

Course Objectives:
1. identify types of materials and equipment to include scissors, needles, and threads;
2. demonstrate the ability to accurately measure; and
3. demonstrate the ability to follow a basic pattern.

PWE 092 – Art Therapy for Adults with Special Needs

This course is designed to enable the student to learn the ways in which expressive art can reveal inner needs and conflicts, and in some cases aid in finding resolution. The art productions of the special needs student will be used to acquaint him/her with the content style and symbolic imagery frequently seen in art productions.

Course Objectives:
1. identify venues in which art therapy is used and one's personal connection to that medium;
2. elaborate a personal vision based on symbolic drawings;
3. describe the emotional context of a drawing or painting; and
4. describe and create pictures using themes like communication between family members, divorce, loss and grief, and daily living.

PWE 093 – MUSIC/THRPY/IND/SPEC/NEEDS

Course Objectives:
1. identify uses and personal connections to music therapy,
2. use songs as a life review stimulus,
3. initiate personal strategies to guided imagery, and
4. develop musical plans in conjunction with memorials.

PWE 094 – Music Therapy for Individuals with Special Needs

This course is designed to enable the student to learn techniques through music to communicate non-verbally with others and identify personal themes that inhibit or enhance daily living activities. Topics to be covered include lyric analysis, guided imagery, music composition, and life review techniques.

Course Objectives:
1. identify the uses and personal connections to music therapy;
2. use songs as a life review stimulus;
3. initiate personal strategies to guided imagery;
4. develop musical plans in conjunction with memorials; and
5. write songs related to past, current, and future events.

PWE 095 – MUSIC/THRPY/IND/SPEC/NEEDS

Course Objectives:
1. identify uses and personal connections to music therapy;
2. use songs as a life review stimulus;
3. initiate personal strategies to guided imagery;
4. develop musical plans in conjunction with memorials;
5. write songs related to past, present, and future events; and
6. analyze personal lyrics to reveal themes of daily living.

PWE 096 – Basic Living Skills for Mental Health Patients

This course is designed to enable participants to utilize concepts and skills needed to return to independent community living.

Course Objectives:
1. recognize appropriate personal hygiene,
2. begin to develop a personal plan for proper hygiene,
3. recognize elements of personal safety, and
4. begin to develop a personal safety plan.

PWE 098 – Art Therapy for Adults with Special Needs

This course is designed to enable the student to learn the ways in which expressive art can reveal inner needs and conflicts, and in some cases aid in finding resolution. The art productions of the special needs student will be used to acquaint him/her with the content style and symbolic imagery frequently seen in art productions.

Course Objectives:
1. identify venues in which art therapy is used and one's personal connection to that medium;
2. elaborate a personal vision based on symbolic drawings;
3. describe the emotional context of a drawing or painting;
4. describe and create pictures using themes like communication between family members, divorce, loss and grief, and daily living;
5. relate and create pictures and drawings that deal with conflict resolution and pro-social living; and
6. create various types of art and relate one's symbolic representation to peers.

PWE 100 – Art Therapy for Adults with Special Needs

This course is designed to enable the student to learn the ways in which expressive art can reveal inner needs and conflicts, and in some cases aid in finding resolution. The art productions of the special needs student will be used to acquaint him/her with content style and symbolic imagery frequently seen in art productions.

Course Objectives:
1. identify venues in which art therapy is used and one's personal connection to that medium;
2. elaborate a personal vision based on symbolic drawings;
3. describe the emotional context of a drawing or painting;
4. describe and create pictures using themes like communication between family members, divorce, loss and grief, and daily living; and
5. relate and create pictures and drawings that deal with conflict resolution and pro-social living.

PWE 102 – SEWING/HANDICAPPED

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of how to begin a sewing project;
2. identify the materials needed for a sewing project, i.e. scissors, needles, and thread;
3. demonstrate an understanding of the techniques used for measuring and threading; and
4. demonstrate the ability to follow a basic pattern.

PWE 103 – SEWING FOR THE HANDICAPPED

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of how to begin a sewing project;
2. identify the of materials needed for a sewing project, i.e. scissors, needles, thread;
3. demonstrate an understanding of the techniques used for measuring and threading;
4. demonstrate the ability to follow a basic pattern;
5. demonstrate an understanding of sewing safety and the proper storage of materials; and
6. demonstrate an understanding of sewing terminology.

PWE 104 – BASIC SEWING/SPEC/POPULATIONS

Course Objectives:
1. design individual crafts and projects;
2. utilize sewing materials such as scissors, needles, and thread;
3. demonstrate an understanding of the techniques used in measuring and threading;
4. demonstrate the ability to follow a basic pattern;
5. demonstrate an understanding of sewing safety and the proper storage of materials;
6. demonstrate an understanding of sewing terminology; and
7. demonstrate the ability to perform sewing skills as needed for daily living.

PWE 106 – Art Therapy for Adults with Special Needs

This course is designed to enable the student to learn the ways in which expressive art can reveal inner needs and conflicts, and in some cases aid in finding a resolution. The art productions of the special needs student will be used to acquaint him/her with the content style and symbolic imagery frequently seen in art productions. Topics to be covered include uses of art therapy, interpersonal/social connections to art, guided imagery, and therapeutic independence.

Course Objectives:
1. identify venues in which art therapy is used and one's personal connection to that medium;
2. elaborate a personal vision based on symbolic drawings;
3. describe the emotional context of a drawing or painting;
4. describe and create pictures using themes like communication between family members, divorce, loss and grief, and daily living;
5. relate and create pictures and drawings that deal with conflict resolution and pro-social living;
6. create various types of art and relate their symbolic representation to peers; and
7. identify stressors encountered in daily living and their impact on general health.

PWE 116 – Vocational, Social & Communication Skills for the Developmentally Disabled

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an improvement in work skills necessary to obtain and maintain competitive and sheltered employment,
2. demonstrate an enhanced work ethic and work habits, and
3. identify positive attitudes that enable a worker to obtain and maintain employment.

PWE 126 – GED Preparation for Special Populations

This course is designed to enable the student with special needs to learn the skills required to pass the GED examination. Topics to be covered include sentence structure, interpretation of literature and the arts, the use of whole numbers, word problems, fractions, decimals, and percentages.

Course Objectives:
1. develop the ability to write complete sentences using appropriate grammar and mechanics (capitalization, punctuation and spelling);
2. demonstrate an understanding of how to locate the main idea of a paragraph;
3. perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers; and
4. calculate word problems using fractions, decimals and percentages.

PWE 127 – Basic Living Skills

This course is designed to enable the student with special needs to recognize the concepts and skills required to return to independent community living. Topics to be covered include appropriate personal hygiene, personal safety, and nutrition.

Course Objectives:
1. recognize appropriate personal hygiene,
2. recognize elements of personal safety, and
3. recognize proper nutrition elements.

PWE 132 – Managing for Independence for Disabled Adults

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate the ability to identify how to manage time effectively;
2. demonstrate an understanding of how to organize and file, i.e. banking, personal records, homework assignments, and bills;
3. demonstrate the ability to communicate assertively and as an advocate for oneself;
4. demonstrate the ability to identify long and short term goals, developing a time line to reach the goals;
5. demonstrate the ability to identify the skills necessary to resolve conflicts; and
6. demonstrate the ability to identify options in transportation and how to use different types of transportation.

PWE 174 – Loss and Grief Education for People with Cognitive Impairment

Course Objectives:
1. identify and explain the grieving process;
2. undertake the practical arrangement surrounding bereavement;
3. offer assistance to parents in preparing for their own death and its effect on their family member with disabilities;
4. help siblings or family friends to become more involved in the support role;
5. identify one's own way of grieving and formulate one's own concept of death and after-life; and
6. discuss roles of family members after the passing of a loved one and their effect on assistance for the disabled family member.

PWE 192 – Community Living Skills

For adults with disabilities currently living in group homes or their own to help gain knowledge and skills to become more effective community members of society. Decision making, the world of work, coping with society, housing and domestic considerations, using community resources and financial management will be covered.

Course Objectives:
1. identify and implement problem-solving techniques;
2. demonstrate job search and interviewing skills;
3. identify appropriate job-keeping attitudes;
4. demonstrate techniques of stress management for coping with problems of daily living; and
5. prepare proper banking and budget records.

PWE 194 – Academic Skills Enhancement

This course is designed to: assist individuals with disabilities transitioning into the workforce to upgrade their skills in reading, writing and math as well as decision making and time management. Topics to be covered include: reading comprehension, writing, math decimals, fractions, percentages and word problems as well as decision making and time management.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an enhanced ability to read, comprehend and explain articles in newspapers and magazines as well as job postings and advertisements;
2. demonstrate the ability to write letters of inquiry and complaints;
3. demonstrate an enhanced ability to read, comprehend and solve math word problems;
4. use various techniques to enhance decision making; and
5. identify tools to use to aid in managing his/her time.

PWE 195 – Anger Management

This course is designed to enable the student to examine anger in its component parts and to provide a clear understanding of how to identify and apply anger management strategies. Topics to be covered include: defining anger, recognizing triggers for angry reactions, understanding one's life expectations, patterns of escalation and strategies for reacting appropriately in anger provoking situations.

Course Objectives:
1. define anger,
2. identify triggers that provoke angry reactions,
3. identify primary and secondary emotions,
4. identify strategies for reacting to anger situations,
5. demonstrate strategies for reacting to anger through roll playing, and
6. apply strategies when reacting to anger with a controlled response to a triggering event.

PWE 196 – Loss and Grief for Individuals with Disabilities

This course is designed to: assist the individual with mental or cognitive impairment to learn the basic concepts surrounding the loss of a family member, friend or involved professional as well as the concepts of losses in general. Topics to be covered include: definition of loss, losses of family members or those close to them, losses other than death that affect individuals, and recovery methods.

Course Objectives:
1. define different types of losses and the grieving process associated with loss,
2. identify community and family resources for assistance during time of recovery,
3. develop the ability to access family and community resources, and
4. demonstrate an understanding of personal coping styles when faced with the loss of a significant figure.

PWE 200 – GED Preparation for Individuals with Disabilities

This course is designed to teach individuals with disabilities academic skills needed to prepare for taking and passing the GED exam. Topics to be covered include reading for comprehension, writing (sentence structure, grammar, spelling, punctuation), social sciences, and math (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and percentages).

Course Objectives:
1. write complete sentences through the use of proper grammar and punctuation;
2. identify the main idea of a paragraph;
3. demonstrate an understanding of social sciences that constitute social studies;
4. correctly perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers; and
5. calculate word problems through the use of fractions, decimals, and percentages.

PWE 201 – Assertiveness Training for Individuals with Special Needs

This course is designed to teach individuals with disabilities assertive communication techniques. Topics to be covered include passive, aggressive and assertive communication, communication styles, verbal and non-verbal communication, and how becoming more assertive can lead to increased self-determination.

Course Objectives:
1. list different types of communications;
2. identify the differences among passive, aggressive, and assertive communications; and
3. demonstrate a familiarity with the basic components of assertive communication.

PWE 204 – Consumer Case Management Associate

This course is designed to instruct an individual with special needs on how to function as a consumer case manager associate. Topics to be covered include basic functions of case management, symptoms of mental illness, effects of mental illness, medication management, assisting skills, managing stress, dealing with mental health emergencies and crises and obtaining resources and entitlements.

Course Objectives:
1. identify the goals and objectives of case management and its basic functions;
2. demonstrate the ability to assess, plan, link, monitor, and advocate for clients with mental illness;
3. demonstrate a familiarity with the DSM-III-R;
4. discuss the stigma of mental illness and its effects;
5. discuss medication values and management, side effects, and interactions with other medications;
6. demonstrate appropriate methods to interact with psychiatrists;
7. access community resources and accurately complete various client entitlement forms;
8. self-monitor stress levels and demonstrate techniques to increase relaxation and concentration; and
9. demonstrate appropriate techniques to encourage the client to assume self-responsibility.

PWE 207 – Music Education for Individuals with Disabilities

This course is designed to enable individuals with disabilities to learn how music affects history, culture and politics in our society and to enable individuals to express events in their lives that enhance or inhibit them in daily life. Topics to be covered include life review, timelines, lyric analysis, and history.

Course Objectives:
1. identify music styles relative to an individual¿s life review process,
2. discuss how music affects mood and an individual¿s ability to communicate with others, and
3. describe how music and lyrics influence society.

PWE 209 – Music Educatin for Individuals with Disabilities

This course is designed to enable individuals with disabilities to learn how music affects history, culture and politics in our society and to enable individuals to express events in their lives that enhance or inhibit them in daily life. Topics to be covered include life review, timelines, lyric analysis, and history.

Course Objectives:
1. identify music styles relative to an individual¿s life review process,
2. discuss how music affects mood and an individual¿s ability to communicate with others,
3. describe how music and lyrics influence society,
4. compare and contrast various musical compositions,
5. identify moods as influenced by cultural music, and
6. evaluate the role of politics on musical compositions.

PWE 210 – Anger Management: Understanding and Controlling Anger

This course is designed to enable students with disabilities to learn about anger, its component parts and how to identify and apply anger management strategies. Topics to be covered include understanding one's life expectations, patterns of escalation and strategies for reacting appropriately in anger-provoking situations.

Course Objectives:
1. define anger and the stages associated with anger,
2. identify and discuss personal life expectations, and
3. recognize the difference between primary and secondary emotions.

PWE 211 – Anger Management: Understanding and Controlling Anger

This course is designed to enable students with disabilities to learn about anger, its component parts and how to identify and apply anger management strategies. Topics to be covered include understanding one's life expectations, patterns of escalation and strategies for reacting appropriately in anger-provoking situations.

Course Objectives:
1. define anger and the stages associated with anger,
2. identify and discuss personal life expectations,
3. recognize the difference between primary and secondary emotions, and
4. demonstrate the ability to role-play appropriate anger management techniques

PWE 212 – Lyric Writing for Individuals with Special Needs

This course is designed to enable the student with special needs to compose and write song lyrics. Topics to be covered include song forms, rhyme patterns, sentence structure, word opposites and other writing techniques and editing techniques.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss various song structures,
2. demonstrate the ability to write lyrics through the use of new vocabulary words, and
3. identify rhyme patterns.

PWE 213 – Critical Reading

This course is designed to sharpen the student's ability to think clearly, logically, critically and effectively through reading. Topics to be covered include previewing, reading and annotating text, organizing, analyzing, evaluating and reacting and the review process.

Course Objectives:
1. solve issue-oriented problems and to make informed decisions;
2. generate, organize, and evaluate ideas;
3. explore issues from multiple perspectives; and
4. discuss subjects in an organized manner.

PWE 214 – Critical Reading

This course is designed to sharpen the student's ability to think clearly, logically, critically and effectively through reading. Topics to be covered include previewing, reading and annotating text, organizing, analyzing, evaluating and reacting and the review process.

Course Objectives:
1. solve issue-oriented problems and to make informed decisions;
2. generate, organize, and evaluate ideas;
3. critically evaluate the validity of information;
4. carefully analyze situations with appropriate questions;
5. explore issues from multiple perspectives; and
6. discuss subjects in an organized manner.

PWE 220 – Sewing for Individuals with Special Needs

This course is designed to enable the student to learn how to apply the basic techniques of sewing for independent living and to improve physical coordination. Topics to be covered include eye-hand coordination, sewing terminology, sewing projects, basic patterns, safety and project materials.

Course Objectives:
1. identify materials for a sewing project,
2. demonstrate proper techniques to measure and thread,
3. demonstrate the ability to follow a basic pattern, and
4. demonstrate an understanding of sewing terminology and safety practices.

PWE 222 – Basic Money Management for Individuals with Special Needs

This course is designed to provide individuals with special needs with a basic understanding of setting personal and family financial goals, paying bills, and keeping records as well as setting up a system for budgeting and saving money. Topics to be covered include understanding self and others, problem solving and decision making, managing resources, time and money and communicating/relating to others.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate a basic understanding of money management terminology,
2. establish personal and family financial goals, and
3. develop a personal basic budget or a family budget.

PWE 229 – Cooking and Nutrition for Individuals with Special Needs

This course is designed to teach individuals with special needs how to gain independence by learning the basics of nutrition and food preparation. Topics to be covered include nutrition pyramid, cooking fundamentals, food safety, stocking the kitchen, preparing a grocery list.

Course Objectives:
1. identify what constitutes a balanced meal;
2. describe different cooking techniques;
3. demonstrate proper techniques to handle food safely;
4. prepare a grocery list;
5. identify proper cooking supplies needed to stock a kitchen; and
6. demonstrate the ability to plan a menu for one, two, or more people.

PWE 230 – Anger Management

This course is designed to: enable the student to examine anger in its component parts and to provide a clear understanding of how to identify and apply anger management strategies. Topics to be covered include defining anger, recognizing triggers for angry reactions, understanding one's life expectations, patterns of escalation and strategies for reacting appropriately in anger-provoking situations.

Course Objectives:
1. define anger,
2. identify triggers that provoke anger,
3. identify primary and secondary emotions,
4. identify strategies to react to anger situations,
5. demonstrate the ability to role-play appropriate anger management techniques, and
6. demonstrate the ability to provide a controlled response to a triggering event.

PWE 232 – Basic Living Skills

This course is designed to enable the student with disabilities to live more effectively in a group or individual situation. Topics to be covered include money management, personal hygiene, personal safety, nutrition, health, food safety.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of money management to be able to make appropriate decision about money management,
2. discuss the components of healthy nutrition and food safety,
3. demonstrate an understanding of personal safety awareness, and
4. discuss what constitutes good personal hygiene.

PWE 234 – Basic Reading Skills for the Disabled

This course is designed to provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to develop essential reading skills to provide for better living skills and higher proficiency when making life skill decisions. Topics to be covered include choosing reading materials, related functional skills, label reading, basic writing skills and vocabulary.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate the ability to identify the main ideas of the assigned reading materials,
2. demonstrate an understanding of basic writing skills,
3. identify and discuss label reading, and
4. demonstrate an improved and expanded vocabulary.

PWE 235 – Sewing for the Handicapped

This course is designed to enable the student to learn how to apply basic techniques of sewing for independent living and improve physical coordination. Topics to be covered include eye-hand coordination, sewing terminology, sewing projects, basic patterns, sewing safety and project materials.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of how to pick an appropriate project given several choices,
2. identify materials needed for a sewing project,
3. demonstrate techniques used for measuring and threading,
4. demonstrate the ability to follow a basic pattern, and
5. demonstrate an understanding of sewing terminology and safety practices.

PWE 236 – Basic Sewing for Special Populations

This course is designed to enable the student to learn how to apply basic techniques of sewing for independent living and improve physical coordination. Topics to be covered include eye-hand coordination, sewing terminology, sewing projects, basic patterns, sewing safety and project materials.

Course Objectives:
1. develop the ability to pick an appropriate project given several choices,
2. identify materials needed for a sewing project,
3. demonstrate techniques used for measuring and threading,
4. demonstrate the ability to follow a basic pattern, and
5. demonstrate an understanding of sewing terminology and safety procedures.

PWE 237 – Community Living Skills

This course is designed to enable students to gain knowledge and recognize concepts and skills needed to return to independent community living. Topics to be covered include decision making, the world of work, coping with society, housing and domestic considerations, using community resources and financial management.

Course Objectives:
1. identify and implement problem solving techniques,
2. demonstrate job search and interviewing skills,
3. identify appropriate job keeping attitudes,
4. prepare proper banking and budget records, and
5. identify appropriate community resources.

PWE 238 – Sewing for the Handicapped

This course is designed to enable the student to learn how to apply basic techniques of sewing for independent living and improve physical coordination. Topics to be covered include eye-hand coordination, sewing terminology, sewing projects, basic patterns, sewing safety and project materials.

Course Objectives:
1. identify materials needed for a sewing project,
2. demonstrate techniques used for measuring and threading,
3. demonstrate the ability to follow a basic pattern, and
4. demonstrate an understanding of sewing terminology and safety practices

PWE 241 – Basic Computer Skills for the Disabled

This course is designed to provide people with disabilities who are interested in reentering the workforce with a basic understanding of the computer and several applications used by Windows software packages. Topics to be covered include basic computer operations, introduction to Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate a basic understanding of the terminology used in operating a computer,
2. describe the major components of the computer,
3. demonstrate the ability to do basic operations on the computer,
4. demonstrate the ability to use menus and toolbars on selected Microsoft applications, and
5. demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of database usage in the workplace.

PWE 242 – Effective Communication/Listening Skills for Disabled Adults

This course is designed to assist adult individuals with mental or physical disabilities with basic communication and listening skills. Topics to be covered include communication skills, effective listening skills and how an individual relates through communication to peers, family and organizations.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate improved responses to a variety of verbal and nonverbal cues in conversation using a number of topical areas for discussion,
2. demonstrate use of relevant information in one-to-one and group discussion for creative problem solving, and
3. demonstrate use of appropriate responses after listening to a variety of communications.

PWE 243 – Basic Computer Skills for the Disabled

This course is designed to provide individuals with disabilities interested in reentering the workforce a basic understanding of the computer, and several applications used by Windows XP software packages. Topics to be covered include: basic computer operations, introduction to Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Access.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate a basic understanding of terminology used in operation of a computer,
2. describe the major components of the computer,
3. demonstrate the ability to do basic operations on the computer,
4. demonstrate the ability to use menus and toolbars on selected Microsoft applications, and
5. demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of database usage in the workplace.

PWE 244 – Computer Overview

This course is designed to provide computer knowledge and skills to individuals with disabilities within a hospital setting to enable them with their re-entry into the community. Topics to be covered include keyboarding techniques, basic computer concepts and skills, and navigating the Internet.

Course Objectives:
1. identify parts of the keyboard and position fingers for touch typing;
2. define and identify some fundamental personal computing concepts and terminology which include hardware, software and computer networks;
3. surf the Internet and identify which resources might be of personal interest; and
4. develop the ability to independently pursue personal access to the Internet.

PWE 246 – Tai Chi and Yoga for Individuals with Disabilities

This course is designed to teach individuals with disabilities the proper form and techniques of Tai Chi and Yoga to promote body awareness, increase strength, and improve balance. This course is not for recreation or relaxation but for skill development of small and large muscle range of motion. Topics to be covered include proper movements, deep breathing, centering, meditation techniques, body and mind strengthening and balance.

Course Objectives:
1. explain the difference between Tai Chi and Yoga,
2. identify the benefits of Tai Chi on the mind and body,
3. identify the benefits of Yoga on the mind and body, and
4. demonstrate basic form for Tai Chi and Yoga.

PWE 247 – Developmental Strategies for Parents of Children with Special Needs I

Parents with children of special needs learn strategies to help with developmental issues. Children participate in activities while parents either observe or participate in lectures or pertinent topics.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate/mimic strategies observed in observation period of class;
2. describe brain functions and brain based learning;
3. explain how to use thinking skills and helping the child get ready for school or to learn;
4. identify and demonstrate effective strategies to include but not be limited to using media stories/game, floor approach;
5. list different disabilities, their "characteristics" and common medications associated with them;
6. identify skills that improve the child's social and emotional health;
7. explain the importance of physical education;
8. identify parts of the IEP;
9. explain inclusion and its role in educating students with disabilities;
10. describe advocating strategies; and
11. list and describe services available for children over the age of 21.

PWE 248 – Developmental Strategies for Parents of Children with Special Needs II

Parents with children of special needs learn strategies to help with developmental issues. Children participate in activities while parents either observe or participate in lectures or pertinent topics.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate/mimic strategies observed in observation period of class;
2. identify possible alternative/complementary medicine/treatments for one's child;
3. explain and choose nutritional options that could benefit one's child;
4. explain the laws and maneuver through them so the child receives appropriate services;
5. utilize socialization strategies;
6. explain how to prevent bullying;
7. identify common childhood illnesses and their treatments, symptoms, preventions; and
8. select games/toys that are appropriate for the child.

PWE 250 – Effective Communication/Listening Skills for the Disabled

This course is designed to enable the student, who is an individual with disabilities, to learn about communcation and listening skills. Topics to be covered include methods of communication, use of listening skills, and the application of various communication techniques appropriate to a given situation.

Course Objectives:
1. describe and demonstrate three methods of communication (written, spoken, non-verbal);
2. demonstrate appropriate listening skills;
3. explain the value of proper communication skills in vocational, community, family and social settings; and
4. select the appropriate method of communication for a variety of life situations.

PWE 313 – Art Therapy for Adults with Special Needs

This course is designed to enable the student to learn the ways in which expressive art can reveal inner needs and conflicts, and in some cases aid in finding resolution. The art productions of special needs students can be used to acquaint students with the content style and symbolic imagery frequently seen in art productions. In so doing, students learn how art can provide a window into the unconscious and a doorway to positive change for people in need of change.

Course Objectives:
1. identify venues in which art therapy is used and one's personal connection to that medium;
2. elaborate a personal vision based on symbolic drawings; and
3. describe the emotional context of a drawing or painting.

PWE 314 – Art Therapy for Adults with Special Needs

This course is designed to enable the student to learn the ways in which expressive art can reveal inner needs and conflicts, and in some cases aid in finding resolution. The art productions of special needs students can be used to acquaint students with the content style and symbolic imagery frequently seen in art productions. In so doing, students learn how art can provide a window into the unconscious and a doorway to positive change for people in need of change.

Course Objectives:
1. identify venues in which art therapy is used and one's personal connections to that medium; and
2. elaborate a personal vision based on symbolic drawings.

PWE 315 – Stress Management for Mental Health

This course is designed to help the student to recognize and change negative stress patterns in order to better cope with personal and societal pressures.

Course Objectives:
1. identify some personal causes of stress,
2. recognize signs of stress on the body and mind,
3. identify ways to eliminate or reduce stress.

PWE 316 – Art Therapy for Adults with Special Needs

This course is designed to enable the student to learn the ways in which expressive art can reveal inner needs and conflicts, and in some cases aid in finding resolution. The art productions of special needs students can be used to aquaint students with the content style and symbolic imagery frequently seen in art productions.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate the ability to identify venues in which art therapy is used and one's personal connection to that medium;
2. describe the emotional context of a drawing or painting;
3. describe and create pictures using themes like communication between family members, divorce, loss and grief, and daily living; and
4. create various types of art and relate their symbolic representation to peers.

PWE 317 – Anger Management: Understanding & Controlling Anger

This course is designed to enable the student to examine anger in its component parts. This course is to provide a clear understanding of how to identify and apply anger management strategies.

Course Objectives:
1. define anger;
2. identify primary and secondary emotions;
3. identify strategies for reacting to anger with a controlled response; and
4. apply strategies in reacting to anger with a controlled response to a triggering event.

PWE 324 – Job Readiness Skills - Overview

This course is designed to provide job readiness skills to individuals with disabilities to enable them to seek gainful employment in the community. Topics to be covered include: employer expectations, skills assessment, job search techniques, resume writing, cover letters, interviewing techniques, and workplace etiquette.

Course Objectives:
1. identify one's motivation for wanting to work,
2. identify the skills and steps necessary for seeking employment, and
3. complete a skills assessment.

PWE 327 – LYRIC WRITING/INDIV SPEC NEEDS

Course Objectives:
1. discuss the various song structures,
2. demonstrate lyric writing using new vocabulary words, and
3. identify rhyme patterns.

PWE 331 – Assertiveness Training for Individuals with Disabilities

This course is designed to enable the student, who is an individual with disabilities, to learn about communication and personality styles, and the difference between assertive, aggressive and passive behavior to increase their ability to effectively communicate with others. Topics to be covered include understanding the distinction between the words assertive, aggressive, and passive; understanding various methods of communication; and identifying when to use each style of communication.

Course Objectives:
1. list various styles of communication,
2. demonstrate each style of communication,
3. analyze the most effective communication style, and
4. demonstrate assertive verbal and non-verbal communication.

PWE 332 – Academic Skills Enhancement

This course is designed to enable the student, who is an individual with disabilities, to transition into the workforce by upgrading his/her skills in reading, writing and math as well as decision making and time management. Topics to be covered include reading comprehension, writing, math decimals, fractions, percentages and word problems, decision making, and time management.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate the ability to read, comprehend and explain articles in newspapers and magazines as well as job postings and advertisements;
2. demonstrate the ability to write a letter of inquiry and complaint;
3. demonstrate the ability to read, comprehend, and solve math word problems;
4. use various techniques to make good decisions; and
5. identify tools to use to aid in managing time.

PWE 333 – Learning to Analyze and Evaluate Current Issues and Ideas

Learn about the methods of anaylsis and content of current issues and ideas that affect American society. Topics include economic and social issues, cultural and social problems and political and international ideas and concerns. Intended for students wtih mental and/or physical disablities.

Course Objectives:
1. analyze contemporary problems more effectively, and
2. discuss current issues and evaluate ideas to resolve contemporary problems.

PWE 334 – Basic Reading for the Disabled

Acquire basic reading skills for independent or semi-independent living in the community. Topics include student exploration of housing, transportation, hygiene, nutrition, food labeling, money exchange, banking, personal conduct and other matters involved in community survival.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate improved reading skills, and
2. apply these skills to situations encountered in daily living.

PWE 335 – Beginners Computer

Obtain an introduction to computer terminology and the basic skills needed to operate a computer. Topics include use of the mouse, basic editing functions, formatting documents, entering data into a worksheet and editing and printing the content of a worksheet.

Course Objectives:
1. develop the ability to use the mouse to select menus, commands and icons;
2. demonstrate the ability to format basic editing functions (deleting, cut, paste, insert);
3. demonstrate the ability to format documents;
4. demonstrate the ability to enter labels, values, and formulas into a worksheet; and
5. demonstrate the ability to edit and print content of a worksheet.

PWE 343 – Academic Skills Enhancement

Upgrade skills in reading, writing and math as well as decision making and time management. Topics include reading comprehension, decimals, fractions, percentages and word problems. Intended for individuals with disabilities transitioning into the workforce.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate the ability to read, comprehend, and explain articles in newspapers and magazines as well as job postings and advertisements;
2. write a letter of inquiry and complaint;
3. demonstrate the ability to read, comprehend, and solve math word problems;
4. use various techniques to make good decisions; and
5. identify tools to aid in managing time.

PWE 363 – Decision Making in Daily Living

This course is designed to enable the student, who is an individual with physical or cognitive impairments, to learn how to assess problems in daily living, and to communicate means for resolution. The objective is to teach principles and methods for decision-making as they apply in life situations at home, work and in the community. Topics to be covered include principles of decision-making, making positive choices, interaction with others, sitting in meetings, and being a part of society.

Course Objectives:
1. identify the principles of effective decision making in daily living,
2. identify and implement problem-solving techniques, and
3. demonstrate ability to function positively in the community.

PWE 374 – Journal Writing for Better Communication

This course is designed to enable the student, who is an individual with disabilities, to learn the skills necessary to identify the benefits and uses of guided journaling to improve communication skills. Topics to be covered include the purpose of journaling, reflective writing, problem solving through writing, monitoring progress, and stress reduction.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss the benefits of journal writing,
2. list the steps necessary for journal writing,
3. demonstrate problem solving through a writing sample,
4. explain reflective writing, and
5. demonstrate a reflective writing sample.

PWE 375 – Life Skills Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities

This course is designed to enable the student, who is an adult with developmental disabilities, to reinforce basic math and reading skills through real-life situations. Topics to be covered include using a calculator, whole numbers, handling money, making change, banking, current events, and leisure reading.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate the ability to solve real-life math problems with and without the use of a calculator,
2. identify the cost of an item using discount coupons,
3. determine the final cost of a meal to include tax and tip,
4. demonstrate making purchases and receiving change, and
5. demonstrate the ability to read a newspaper and discuss articles and current events.

PWE 377 – Basic Spanish for Individuals with Disabilities

This course is designed to enable the student, who is an individual with disabilities who has no prior Spanish language experience, to learn basic pronunciation and communication skills. Topics to be covered include living in a global society, pronunciation, basic inquiry, and positive and negative sentences.

Course Objectives:
1. identify the meaning of a global society,
2. demonstrate proper pronunciation of everyday words, and
3. demonstrate the ability to begin a conversation in Spanish.

PWE 380 – Tai Chi and Yoga for Individuals with Disabilities

This course is designed to enable the student, who is an individual with disabilities, to learn the proper form and techniques of Tai Chi and Yoga to promote body awareness, increase strength and improve balance. This course is not for recreation or relaxation but for skill development of small and large muscle range of motion. Topics to be covered include proper movements, deep breathing, centering, meditation techniques, body and mind strengthening and balance.

Course Objectives:
1. explain the difference between Tai Chi and Yoga,
2. identify the benefits of Tai Chi on the mind and body,
3. identify the benefits of Yoga on the mind and body, and
4. demonstrate basic form for Tai Chi and Yoga.

PWE 381 – Decision Making in Daily Living

This course is designed to enable the student, who is an individual with physical or cognitive impairments, to learn how to assess problems in daily living, and to communicate a means for resolution. The objective is to teach principles and methods for decision-making as they apply in life situations at home, work, and in the community. Topics to be covered include principles of decision-making, making positive choices, interaction with others, sitting in meetings, and being a part of society.

Course Objectives:
1. identify the principles of effective decision making in daily living,
2. identify and implement problem-solving techniques,
3. demonstrate the ability to function positively in the community,
4. demonstrate effective communication with others, and
5. identify proper meeting protocol.

PWE 385 – Vocational, Social, and Communication Skills

This course is designed to enable the student, who is a developmentally disabled adult, to learn performance-based vocational, social and communications training to help him/her work and live independently in the community. Topics to be covered include work skills training, job skills training, job readiness training, social adjustment training, survival skills training i.e. money and budget management, and verbal and math training.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate improved work skills, habits and attitudes necessary to obtain and maintain competitive and sheltered employment,
2. demonstrate improved social adjustment skills in terms of self-help and personal management training, and
3. demonstrate verbal and math skills.

PWE 386 – Assertiveness Training for Individuals with Disabilities

This course is designed to enable the student, who is an individual with disabilities, to learn about communication and personality styles, and the difference between assertive, aggressive and passive behavior to increase his/her ability to effectively communicate with others. Topics to be covered include understanding the distinction between assertive, aggressive and passiveness; understanding various methods of communication; and identifying when to use each style of communication.

Course Objectives:
1. list various styles of communication,
2. demonstrate each style of communication,
3. analyze the most effective communication style, and
4. demonstrate assertive verbal and non-verbal communication.

PWE 387 – PHOTOGRAPHY/CAREER/DISABILITY

This course is designed to enable the student, who has an emotional disability, to learn the information and skills necessary to gain employment within the photography industry. Topics to be covered include various types of cameras available (SLR, Digital point and shoot); capabilities and functions of a digital camera; principles of taking good pictures (subject, lighting, composition); how to download and manipulate images; how to print or attach the images; and how to market one's skills. The course requires that students have their own cameras or have access to a digital camera.

Course Objectives:
1. define the various differences between a single lens reflex (SLR) digital camera and a point and shoot digital camera;
2. demonstrate an understanding of how the various functions of a camera work;
3. identify the fundamental skills of basic digital camera operations;
4. apply skills in the areas of composition, lighting, and framing;
5. demonstrate the ability to edit and print photos taken by a digital camera; and
6. discuss the elements of earning a living as a commercial photographer.

PWE 388 – PHOTOGRAPHY/CAREER/DISABILITY

This course is designed to enable the student, who has an emotional disability, to learn the information and skills necessary to gain employment within the photography industry. Topics to be covered include various types of cameras available (SLR, Digital point and shoot); capabilities and functions of a digital camera; principles of taking good pictures (subject, lighting, composition); how to download and manipulate images; how to print or attach the images; and how to market one's skills. The course requires that students have their own cameras or have access to a digital camera.

Course Objectives:
1. define the various differences between a single lens reflex (SLR) digital camera and a point and shoot digital camera;
2. demonstrate an understanding of how the various functions of a camera work;
3. identify the fundamental skills of basic digital camera operations;
4. apply skills in the areas of composition, lighting, and framing;
5. demonstrate the ability to edit and print photos taken by a digital camera; and
6. discuss the elements of earning a living as a commercial photographer.

PWE 389 – PHOTOGRAPHY/CAREER/DISABILITY

This course is designed to enable the student, who has an emotional disability, to learn the information and skills necessary to gain employment within the photography industry. Topics to be covered include various types of cameras available (SLR, Digital point and shoot); capabilities and functions of a digital camera; principles of taking good pictures (subject, lighting, composition); how to download and manipulate images; how to print or attach the images; and how to market one's skills. The course requires that students have their own cameras or have access to a digital camera.

Course Objectives:
1. define the various differences between a single lens reflex (SLR) digital camera and a point and shoot digital camera;
2. demonstrate an understanding of how the various functions of a camera work;
3. identify the fundamental skills of basic digital camera operations;
4. apply skills in the areas of composition, lighting, and framing;
5. demonstrate the ability to edit and print photos taken by a digital camera;
6. discuss the creation of photographs for marketing and publication; and
7. discuss the elements of earning a living as a commercial photographer.

PWE 393 – Case Management I

This course is designed to enable the student to learn about emotional disabilities and the definition, principles, philosophy and stages of case management according to the Baltimore Mental Health Systems of services. Topics to be covered include basic functions of case management, obtaining resources, assessment and planning, monitoring and client advocacy.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate the proper way to conduct an assessment,
2. write individual treatment plans,
3. demonstrate the ability to build a resource library,
4. develop and monitor the progress of a client,
5. demonstrate the ability to network to develop reliable links within the community, and
6. demonstrate the ability to advocate effectively for clients.

PWE 394 – Case Management II

This course is designed to enable students to become familiar with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV(DSM IV) and the use of Axis I-V. Students will examine mental illness from the consumer's and professional's points of view. Topics to be covered include medication management, introduction to basic counseling skills, stress management, symptoms of mental illness and the effects, and crisis management.

Course Objectives:
1. examine the effects of mental illness from three points of view: consumer, provider, and society;
2. demonstrate basic understanding of the Axis codes in the evaluation and assessment process;
3. identify the difference between mood disorders, and disturbances of thought, affect, and self;
4. identify symptoms of three prominent mental illnesses and causal factors, including schizophrenia, major depression, and bi-polar disorder; and
5. demonstrate basic counseling skills.

PWE 395 – Documentation

This course is designed to enable the student to learn confidential and legal issues surrounding people with mental illness. Topics to be covered include writing effective progress notes, confidentiality, medical abbreviations, and legal issues.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss the importance of confidentiality when dealing with clients;
2. demonstrate the ability to write and perform intake assessment;
3. list various medical abbreviations used in documentation;
4. create, organize, and maintain client files; and
5. write assessments, treatment plans, monthly reports, and progress notes on clients.

PWE 396 – Human Relations

This course is designed to enable the student to learn self management skills used when working in the mental health field. Topics to be covered include self management skills, conflict resolution, anger management, constructive criticism, effective supervision, problem solving, and negotiation skills.

Course Objectives:
1. identify various motivational tools for self management,
2. demonstrate the various motivational tools for self management,
3. identify various supervisory techniques,
4. demonstrate effective leadership techniques, and
5. conduct an effective mock negotiation session.

PWE 397 – Photography as a Career for Individuals with Disabilities

This course is designed to enable the student, who has emotional disabilities, to learn the information and skills necessary to gain employment within the photography industry. Topics to be covered include various types of cameras available including SLR and digital point and shoot; capabilities of a digital camera; various functions of a camera; principles of taking good pictures, including subject, lighting, and composition; how to download and manipulate images; how to print or attach the images; and how to market one's skills. The course requires that each student has his/her own camera and/or has access to a digital camera.

Course Objectives:
1. define the various differences between a single lens reflex (SLR), digital camera and a point and shoot digital camera;
2. demonstrate an understanding of how the various functions of a camera work;
3. identify the fundamental skills of basic digital camera operations;
4. apply skills in the areas of composition, lighting, and framing;
5. learn how to edit and print photos taken by a digital camera;
6. create photographs for marketing and publication; and
7. learn the elements of earning a living as a commercial photographer.

PWE 398 – Anger Management

This course is designed to enable the student, who works with developmentally disabled clients, to manage anger and develop management skills in the workplace. Topics to be covered include what triggers anger, physical responses to anger, self-calming skills, and problem solving skills.

Course Objectives:
1. identify what the triggers are to one's anger,
2. list the physical responses to anger,
3. demonstrate an understanding of three self-calming skills,
4. demonstrate an understanding of problem solving skills, and
5. list anger management skills to aid in the work environment.

PWE 399 – GED Preparation for Individuals with Special Needs

This course is designed to enable the student to learn basic skills for passing the GED. Topics to be covered include sentence structure; interpretation of literature and the arts; use of whole numbers; and word problems using fractions, decimals, and percentages.

Course Objectives:
1. write complete sentences using correct grammar and mechanics;
2. identify the main idea of a paragraph;
3. perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers; and
4. calculate word problems using fractions, decimals, and percentages.

PWE 400 – Learning to Analyze and Evaluate Current Issues and Ideas

This course is designed to enable the student to learn about the methods of analyzing the content of current issues that affect American society as well as issues that affect his/her life. Topics to be covered include economic, social, cultural, and political issues.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss pros and cons of current issues facing the American society,
2. identify which issues directly impact one's life,
3. discuss how these issues impact one's life, and
4. demonstrate three situations in which a current issue had an effect on one's life.

PWE 401 – Basic Computer Skills

This course is designed to enable the disabled student to acquire a basic understanding of the computer and several applications in the Windows software packages. Topics to be covered include basic computer operations, an introduction to Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Access.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate a basic understanding of terminology used in operating a computer,
2. describe the major components of the computer,
3. demonstrate the ability to do basic operations on the computer, and
4. demonstrate the ability to use menus and toolbars on selected Microsoft applications.

PWE 402 – Basic Reading Skills For Mental Health

This course is designed to enable the student to learn basic reading skills for independent and semi-independent living in his/her respective community. Topics to be covered include student exploration of housing, transportation, hygiene, nutrition, food labeling, money, exchange, banking, personal conduct, and other matters involved in community survival.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate improved reading skills, and
2. apply these skills to situations encountered in daily living.

PWE 403 – Sewing For The Disabled

This course is designed to enable the student to learn how to apply the basic techniques of sewing for independent living and improve physical coordination. Topics to be covered include hand-eye coordination, sewing terminology, sewing projects, basic patterns, safety, and project materials.

Course Objectives:
1. identify the materials needed for a sewing project,
2. demonstrate an understanding of the techniques used for measuring and threading,
3. demonstrate the ability to follow a basic pattern,
4. demonstrate an understanding of sewing safety and the proper storage of material, and
5. demonstrate an understanding of sewing terminology.

PWE 404 – Effective Communication and Listening Skills for Disabled Adults

This course is designed to enable the student to learn basic communication and listening skills. Topics to be covered include communication skills; effective listening skills; and relating through communication to peers, family, and organizations.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate improved responses to a variety of verbal and nonverbal cues in conversation,
2. demonstrate use of relevant information in one-to-one and group discussion for creative problem solving, and
3. demonstrate use of appropriate responses after listening to a variety of communications.

PWE 405 – Learning to Analyze and Evaluate Current Issues and Ideas

This course is designed to enable the student to learn about the methods of analyzing the content of current issues that affect American society as well as issues that affect one's life. Topics to be covered include economic, social, cultural, and political issues.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss pros and cons of current issues facing the American society,
2. identify which issues directly impact them, and
3. discuss how these issues impact them.

PWE 406 – Assertiveness Training For Individuals With Special Needs

This course is designed to enable the student, who is an individual with disabilities, to learn assertive communication techniques. Topics to be covered include passive, aggressive, and assertive communication; communication styles; verbal and non-verbal communication; and how becoming more assertive can lead to increased self-determination.

Course Objectives:
1. list different types of communication;
2. identify the difference between passive, aggressive, and assertive communication;
3. learn three positive life outcomes to increasing self-determination; and
4. demonstrate basic components of assertive communication.

PWE 407 – Job Readiness Skills I

This course is designed to enable the student, who is an individual with disabilities, to learn job readiness skills to prepare to seek gainful employment in the community. Topics to be covered include employer expectations, skills assessment, job search techniques, resume writing, cover letters, interviewing techniques, and workplace etiquette.

Course Objectives:
1. identify one¿s motivation for wanting to work,
2. identify the skills and steps necessary for seeking employment,
3. complete a skills assessment,
4. identify transferable skills, and
5. write a resume and cover letter.

PWE 408 – Basic Math Skills

This course is designed to enable the student to learn basic math skills for independent/semi-independent living in the community. Topics to be covered include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate the concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division;
2. solve basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems; and
3. apply math skills to problems encountered in daily living and or in job situations.

PWE 409 – Basic Reading Skills

This course is designed to enable the student to learn basic reading skills for independent/semi-independent living in the community. Topics to be covered include finding housing in the community, hygiene, nutrition, food labeling, money exchange, banking, and signage.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate improved reading skills, and
2. apply reading skills to problems encountered in daily living and or in job situations.

PWE 410 – Vocational, Social, and Communication Skills

This course is designed to enable the student to learn about performance based vocational, social, and communication skills to help him/her work and live independently in the community. Topics to be covered include work skills training; job readiness; social adjustment; survival skills such as money and budget management, and verbal and math skills training.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate improved work attitudes, habits, and skills necessary to obtain and maintain competitive and or sheltered employment;
2. demonstrate improved social adjustment skills in terms of self-help and personal management, and
3. demonstrate improved verbal and math skills.

PWE 411 – Basic Living Skills

This course is designed to enable the student to learn basic living skills in order to live more productively and effectively in a group home or independent living situation. Topics to be covered include money management, personal hygiene, personal safety, nutrition, health, food safety, and transportation.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate appropriate money management decisions,
2. describe the components of healthy nutrition and food safety,
3. identify personal safety awareness, and
4. discuss what constitutes good personal hygiene.

PWE 412 – Job Readiness Skills I

This course is designed to enable the student, who is an individual with disabilities, to learn job readiness skills in order for to have the necessary skills to seek gainful employment in the community. Topics to be covered include employer expectations, skills assessment, job search techniques, resume writing, cover letters, interviewing techniques, and workplace etiquette.

Course Objectives:
1. identify one's motivation for wanting to work,
2. identify the skills and steps necessary for seeking employment,
3. complete a skills assessment,
4. identify transferable skills, and
5. demonstrate the ability to write a resume and cover letter.

PWE 413 – Job Readiness Skills I

This course is designed to enable the student who has a disability to learn job readiness skills and be prepared to seek gainful employment in the community. Topics to be covered include employer expectations, skills assessment, job search techniques, resume writing, cover letters, interviewing techniques and workplace etiquette.

Course Objectives:
1. identify ones motivation for wanting to work,
2. identify the skills and steps necessary for seeking employment,
3. complete a skills assessment,
4. identify transferable skills, and
5. write a resume and cover letter.

PWE 414 – Vocational, Social, and Communication Skills

This course is designed to enable the student to learn performance based vocational, social,and communication skills for work and independent living in the community. Topics to be covered include work skills training, job readiness, social adjustment, survival skills,such as money and budget management, and verbal and math skills.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate improved work attitudes, habits, and skills necessary to obtain and maintain competitive and/or sheltered employment,
2. demonstrate improved social adjustment skills in terms of self-help and personal management, and
3. demonstrate improved verbal and math skills.

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