Disability Studies Program
Core Function: Professional Training
The aim of the Disability Studies Program (DSP) is to develop and integrate disability studies curricula across disciplines and departments university-wide. The CDPI Director is currently serving a three year appointment as the Director of the Disability Studies Program and chairs the university-wide Disability Studies Steering Committee that includes faculty from across campus. Committee members work collaboratively to increase the awareness of students and faculty about disability-related issues through expanding disability studies course offerings. The Disability Studies Program has been made a permanent program in the Undergraduate College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington with an ongoing yearly budget to cover administrative and instructional costs.
The DSP currently offers a Disability Studies Minor, a Major through Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, and is exploring the feasibility of offering a Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies. The program offers four core courses: Disability & Society: An Introduction to Disabilities Studies; Disability Law, Policy, & the Community; Civil & Human Rights Law for People with Disabilities: National and International Perspectives; and the Advanced Seminar in Disability Studies. In addition we are currently seeking final approval to offer a new 200 level undergraduate course and a special topics upper division/graduate student course. We also support a History of Eugenics course.
The DSP was awarded a President's Diversity Appraisal Implementation Fund to develop and provide the Disability Studies Curriculum Transformation Seminar to UW faculty. The DSP has offered annual conferences on topics of importance to advancing disability rights, and is currently developing a funding proposal to support the continuation of a seminar series with the medical ethics and bio-ethics departments at the University on the impact of science/medicine on individuals with disabilities. We have recently received a very generous gift to support faculty research and student scholarships which will be available for competitive awards in the near future. Details of the DSP can be found on the revised website.