Disability Studies is offered as a minor within the Department of Applied Social Sciences.

The Disability Studies minor provides students with a strong foundation of theory regarding disability and society, and the practical application of this theory in the form of an internship. Courses are taught from the perspective of a Reformed Christian worldview, and include principles of diversity, inclusivity and empathic understanding. Students will have opportunity to participate in field trips to L’Arche and other disability-oriented organizations, and to meet persons with disabilities and professionals in the field of disability services (including Redeemer graduates). Students will also complete an internship to gain practical experience in working with persons with disabilities. Redeemer students have completed internships at organizations including L’Arche, McMaster University and the Salvation Army, and have gone on to establish careers in the field of disability services.

Featured Courses

  • Social Work Practice with Communities (APS-236)
  • Diversity In Canada: Implications for Social Work (APS-332)
  • Social Work Practice with Groups and Teams (APS-351)
  • Disability and Society (APS-432)


Experiential learning is an essential part of the Redeemer experience. The Centre for Experiential Learning and Careers (CELC) partners with faculty and employers to build experiences that put the classroom in the workplace, and bring the workplace back to the classroom.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Timothy Epp Associate Professor of Applied Social Sciences

Student Story

Beth Moffett
Social Work student ‘15


Beth Moffett
Social Work student ‘15

" In September I was blessed to have a summer job (and former placement) turn into a full-time job. I work as the full-time secretary at Brightwood Ranch, a Christian camp for kids and youth from single-parent, foster and group homes in the Edmonton Area. Brightwood Ranch is part of Hope Mission, a not-for-profit Christian agency seeking to serve, strengthen and uplift men women and children through the Gospel. While my title is “Secretary,” my first priority is the near 900 kids and youth who step foot on Brightwood’s property every summer. I transferred to Redeemer after graduating college with my diploma in social services. I thought I knew how to work in “the field” but didn’t know how to do it as myself – a Christian. Redeemer taught me how to do this. It helped me solidify my foundation in Social Work and I learned how to do it with my beliefs intact. In school we talk about things like “Community Org” and “Group Work” and Counselling.” At camp we see these in action through a loving community for youth one week of the year. We have chapels, Bible Studies, and one-on-one times with kids where we tell them just how much God loves them. We give them a safe place to come back to every year. Redeemer gave me the skills I needed to balance it all: creating community, preaching the gospel, and even keeping an organized office. "


  • Personal support workers
  • Case managers
  • Therapists
  • Disability services coordinator
  • Program managers
  • Social workers
  • Applied behaviour analysts
  • Teachers
  • Advocates

Graduate Programs

  • B.Ed.
  • Diploma in Autism and Behavioural Sciences
  • MA in Community Development
  • PsyD in Clinical Psychology
  • MA in Developmental Psychology
  • Registered social worker (RSW)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
  • MA in Social Policy

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