Disability Informatics & Information Technology in Human Services Syllabus

FALL 2016

Shriver Center LEND Program, MCH Leadership Practicum

Contact Information

John Rochford, M.S., See Faculty Profile


Fellows will learn to:

  1. locate online information about programs, providers, and services for people with disabilities;
  2. protect computers, networks, and online information from malicious activities, viruses, and other malware;
  3. use the online resources of the UMass Medical School Soutter Library;
  4. explain problems encountered by people with disabilities in accessing online information;and
  5. learn to give presentations, including using presentation software and hardware; and tips about how to present well;and
  6. collect and utilize different types of data, and think critically about systems using a quality-improvement cycle

Class Schedule


This part of the MCH Leadership Practicum, comprised by the classes listed above, will be graded as pass/fail. To pass, fellows must:

  • have no unexcused absences;
  • be on-time for each class;
  • participate in each class (be attentive, ask questions, engage in discussion, etc.); and
  • complete, by the assigned due date, assignments associated with each class

Suffolk Information

The following is information required by Suffolk University to accompany this syllabus.


Sadly, the Department and the LEND program have had several problems with plagiarism in the past. Some were clearly intentional; others a result of not understanding what plagiarism is.

All references must be properly noted. The APA style is required as the format for referencing.

Plagiarism includes but is not limited to submission of:

  • a work by another author;
  • a work from the web;
  • a substantial portion of a paper submitted for another class at Suffolk or elsewhere;
  • a paper or substantial portion of a paper written for you by someone else.

If in doubt, check with the instructor, and also refer to materials posted on the LEND Resources website for more information about what plagiarism is and how to ensure that your work is cited properly. Penalties for plagiarism can be as great as expulsion from the university and/or from the LEND program.

University Disability Statement

Suffolk students: Suffolk University is dedicated to a full university education for all its students and ensures that all students have access to university services. Suffolk students who have or suspect they may have a disability are encouraged to contact Elizabeth Irwin, Coordinator for Disability Services in the Dean of Students Office at eirwin@suffolk.edu or 617-573-8239. This office can provide referrals and/or approve necessary accommodations for students. If you have a learning, physical, medical, or psychiatric disability that may impact your coursework and are seeking classroom accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act, you are required to: 1) meet with your instructor to discuss possible needs and 2) register with the Dean of Students Office, 73 Tremont Street, 12th floor, 617-573-8239. The instructor must receive verification from the Dean of Students Office before accommodations are granted.

Students with other special needs such as work hours, out of town trips, work-family issues, or family emergencies should discuss their situations with their instructor. All information and documentation is confidential.

LEND Fellows

If you are participating in the LEND program but not in the Master’s program at Suffolk, you still have opportunities for accommodation. If you identify yourself as someone with a disability to the Training Director of the LEND program, LEND faculty are happy to make accommodations to allow you to participate fully in the program. If you suspect that you may have a disability, please get in touch with the LEND program Training Director to discuss arrangements for evaluating your situation.

Please refer to the LEND handbook for additional information about student support, emergencies and other relevant policies.

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