College of Health
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Disability Studies examines the concept of disability as a social, cultural, and political phenomenon. In contrast to medical, clinical, or therapeutic perspectives on disability, Disability Studies focuses on how disability is defined and represented in society. It rejects the perception of disability as a problem that needs to be “fixed” or “cured.” From this perspective, disability is not a characteristic that exists in the person or a problem of the person. Instead, Disability Studies focuses on the social, cultural and political barriers that exist within society.
Disability Studies includes a diverse group of people. People who are deaf, blind, or use wheelchairs, learn at a slower pace than others, have chronic pain, or have atypical perceptions of the world, share in common society’s definition of them as disabled. Their commonality is how society views and treats them.
Please see the Disability Studies Certificate and Minor listed in the Program Offerings section.