Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I find out more information about the UW Disability Studies Program?

Just follow this link to Contact Us and the following link for information on the courses and the requirements for the DS minor and the Individualized Studies DS major

Q: How many credits do I have to take for a UW DS minor?

The Disability Studies Minor requires a minimum of 30 credits

Q: What are the requirements for the Individualized Studies Major in Disability Studies?

To obtain an Individualized Studies Major in Disability Studies, you must complete 55 credits, of which 35 must be upper division, and complete the General Education requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences. See this external link for more information on the IS Major in Disability Studies

Q: Are there Disability Studies graduate degrees?

At UW, the Disability Studies Program currently does not award any graduate degrees or graduate certificate.

Q: What educational opportunities are available to graduate students?

The Disability Studies 400 level courses may be taken for graduate credit depending on your graduate program's policies. All DS courses may be taken as independent study for graduate credit. This option must be arranged with the course instructor and approved by your graduate program's advisor and the DS program academic advisor.

Q: Does Disability Studies offer any funding to students?

Opportunity for funding support is provided through the Dennis Lang Award for Students and the Harlan Hahn Memorial Student Research Grant. Contact Us for further information.

Q: How do I request disability accommodations?

Please contact The University of Washington Disability Resources for Students Office (DRS). For non-matriculated students attending classes on the Seattle campus, contact the Disability Services Office (DSO) for assistance.

Q: Are there student organizations on campus that focus on Disability and d/Deaf concerns?

Yes! There is the D Center (the d/Disability and d/Deaf Cultural Center): Also check out the resources and programming offered by the ASUW Student Disability Commission (SDC): and DASA (Disability Advocacy Student Alliance):

Q: Why Disability Studies?

Like other oppressed groups throughout history, disabled people have been marginalized; this has led to minimal attention to the historical, cultural, and political/legal dimensions of disability. Through neglect, ignorance, prejudice, and false assumptions, as well as through exclusion, distinction, or separation, society prevents persons with disabilities from exercising their economic, social, or cultural rights on an equal basis with persons without disabilities. The effects of disability-based discrimination have been particularly severe in the fields of education, employment, housing, transport, cultural life, and access to public places and services.

The development of Disability Studies represents a much-needed pro-active educational approach to address this pervasive discrimination towards disabled people in our society. Establishing a Disability Studies Program acknowledges the University's commitment to this field of study and the concomitant research, teaching and service.

Since disability is a fact of the human experience, not the exception, Disability Studies includes the study of the experiences of disabled people. The University of Washington is at the forefront of the development of Disability Studies as an academic discipline through the individual research and teaching of growing numbers of faculty across campuses and disciplines, increasing student interest in the subject area, and an expansion of traditional diversity efforts to include disability. The Disability Studies Program provides additional opportunities for both students and faculty to explore the field. See also:

Note: Both disabled people and person with a disability (PWD) are used by various members of the disability community.