Habilitation and Rehabilitation
The aim of habilitation and rehabilitation is to enable a user to function and cope to the best possible degree, to achieve independence and to participate in social and community life.
Traditionally the users of habilitation services have been children and youth with a disease that is either congenital or acquired early in life, or with an injury that reduces functional capacity such as learning disability, hearing and speaking disorders, visual impairment or psychosocial problems.
The users of rehabilitation services are adults with an acquired disease or injury who strive to regain, maintain or develop their original function. People with acquired loss of hearing, vision or communication ability after brain injury can be examples of such users.
Habilitation as well as rehabilitation services often require interdisciplinary knowledge, and competence in special needs education plays a significant role.
The Department of Special Needs Education has a number of research projects on habilitation and rehabilitation.
- Master's programme in Special Needs Education, SPED4150