Managing Inmates and Juveniles who Require Accommodations for Disabilities


As a correctional staff member, you are tasked on a daily basis to manage offenders with a variety of different disabilities. In this course, you will learn the basics of how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) define a disability. You will also learn about the types of hearing, visual, physical, learning, developmental, and mental disabilities commonly encountered in facilities, including specific techniques to help manage them. This course will also describe common accommodations that are often made for inmates/juveniles with disabilities. Finally, we will address how ADA is involved and issues of meeting compliance. With this knowledge you’ll become more effective in working with disabled offenders.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

American Jail Association Certification


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: EL-MIJRAD-CORR-0
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 2/28/2019
Learning Objectives:
List the six areas under which the ADA provides comprehensive civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities.
Define a disability according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and describe who qualifies as having a disability under the ADA.
Describe the four types of disabilities that are commonly encountered in correctional/juvenile facilities.
List at least 3 examples for how offenders with physical and mental disabilities can be accommodated.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives SECTION II: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) C. Meet Karl D. Areas of Protection under the ADA E. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act F. What is a Disability? G. Who Qualifies as Having a Disability? H. Other Disability Acts I. Who is Protected Under the Americans with Disabilities Act? J. Common Myths about the Americans with Disabilities Act K. Conditions Identified Under the Americans with Disabilities Act L. Section Summary Section III: Managing Inmates and Juveniles with Disabilities M. Vignette N. Prevalence of Disabilities in Correctional Facilities O. Types of Disabilities/Impairments Frequently Found in Correctional and Juvenile Facilities P. Physical Disabilities Q. Examples of Physical Disabilities and Accommodations R. Deafness S. Mental Disabilities/Impairments among Inmates/Juveniles T. Learning Disabilities U. Section Summary Section IV: Types of Common Access Complaints V. What is an Access Complaint? W. Common Access Complaints in Correctional Facilities X. Reaching Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Y. Americans with Disabilities Act Prohibitions Z. Considerations in Juvenile Facilities with Child Care Workers AA. Vignette BB. Section Summary SECTION V: Conclusion CC. Summary DD. References EE. Congratulations! Section: VI Conclusion FF. Summary GG. Course Contributors HH. Resources II. References JJ. Congratulations! KK. Exam LL. BrainSparks

Staff Writer: Kathy Harkis, RN
Ms. Harkis currently works with Armor Correctional Health Services with over 25 years of experience in correctional healthcare in both jails and adult institutions. She is adept at developing strong and cohesive relationships with facility personnel, nursing staff and clients. Additionally she has strong skills in contract compliance, audits, CQI, risk management, policy development and information systems. She currently develops nursing education programs in corrections and provides training for other entities in corrections. She maintains Certification from the Florida Board of Nursing to provide CEU Hours for nursing and other specialties. Ms. Harkis started in corrections in Illinois and then to New Mexico, Missouri, Massachusetts and for the last ten plus years here in Florida. Ms. Harkis looks forward to expanding her role in education to provide training programs for corrections on an expanded level. Disclosure: Kathy Harkis, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry level Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections, Juvenile Corrections.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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