Portfolio for Cognitive Disabilities Specialization

Qamar Bradford

Advisor Dr. Charles Degeneffe

San Diego State University

Rehabilitation Counseling MS Program

College of Education


Table of Contents

  1. Executive Learning Summary
  2. Vision
  3. Mission Statement
  4. Professional Growth and Development Plan
  5. Four examples of quality work
  1. Executive Learning Summary
    The ARPE website defines the Cognitive Disability program as, “The Certificate in Cognitive Disabilities is designed for current and aspiring rehabilitation counselors who are, or intend to become, providers of vocational and independent living services on behalf of persons with cognitive disabilities, including those with autistic spectrum disorders, intellectual disability, traumatic brain injuries, and learning disabilities. The Certificate in Cognitive Disabilities prepares rehabilitation counselors to work in the State/Federal Vocational Rehabilitation System, the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, California Regional Centers or other government agencies supporting persons with cognitive disabilities, nonprofit community rehabilitation provider agencies, and student disability service programs of community colleges and universities.”.

    1. Principle concepts of cognitive disability
    2. Family and caregiving adjustment
    3. Community integration and employment
    4. Counseling and communication with individuals with cognitive disabilities
    5. Implication of educational experience for systems change for people with cognitive disabilities.
  2. Vision
    I ultimately feel our American society must bridge the gap that’s grown between creativity and health. That gap is based in society’s inability to conceive and exchange complex concepts. I feel this gap underlies Constitutional justice for people living with disabilities—among other demographics. People experience a plethora of barriers due to the reinforcement of stigma, bigotry and essentially cognitive blocks rooted in closely held unsubstantiated beliefs, prejudices, cultural norms and superstitions. I believe the destiny for a futuristic, prosperous and proliferating society lies in guidance of our information age toward Cognitive Assistive Technology.
    Taking a page out of feminist theory, I feel my male opinion innately interferes with the general advancement of female ideals on the basis of many contemporary paternal structures that dominate society. So much of my vision for rehabilitation philosophy relies on the rehabilitation of men as actors in providing safe space to women and as nurturing, non-comptitive perr support for one another. My hope is to use my awareness of cognitive disabilities in creating educational and creative processes and oportunities for men with cognitive disabilities to habe confidence in mind, body, soul and career.
    My lon term aim would be to establish a talent management privte practice that can give men an outlet for Holywood-level self-improvement and battle the epidimic of female exploitation and even trafficking that
  3. Mission Statement
    My goal with cognitive certificate is to build enough professional experience that I can explore the ideas of art therapy, drama therapy, exposure therapy, etc. and see how they apply in a constructive manner for adults in order to enhance cognitive skills and foster adaptation and even competitiveness within their respective fields. In order to do this I’d like to combine my skills in linguistics as they apply to Bandura’s self-efficacy theories; arts as they apply to building technique and confidence.
  4. Professional Growth and Development Plan
    After completing my MS, I’d like to also pursue certification by the International Professional Surrogate Society to understand sexual psychological health at professional level. A repeated theme throughout the program was the sexual abuse of people with disabilities be it by exploitation, sheer neglect or even eugenics. The topic of sexuality has always been such a controversial issue that in my adolescence I had a major aversion towards. I feel that in helping people address their core selves, we have to realize the normalcy and necessity of our sexualities and even in the Kinsiest view, we have to be more open and flexible in regard to our emotions regarding a topic that has such fluidity. As an art professional, I feel the topic as core to creative expression in my rendering, my writing, my modeling and even my photography.My long term aspirations is to establish an image consulting studio with the objective of doing commercial talent work and also achieve some sort of influence that can battle many controversial issues in the entertainment industry that include the rampant EEO/ FEHA violations in discriminatory hiring, predation upon youth and marginalization of people with disabilities.
  5. Four examples of quality work
    1. X-Men as VR Archetype
    2. Gaslighting and Psychiatrics
    3. VR for VR
    4. Autism Spectrum Disorder