Prospective Students, University of Illinois at Chicago
The UIC Department of Disability and Human Development offers intensive, graduate-level academic programs that prepare people for positions in research, teaching and public service related to disability. DHD also offers interdisciplinary undergraduate studies in disability and human development as well as certificate and fellowship programs.
We conduct research and community-based service across the spectrum of disability, including advocacy, culture, education, health promotion, history, leadership, policy, and technology (See our Research Centers and Programs).
Why choose UIC?
- We’re home to the renowned Institute on Disability and Human Development, Illinois’ only federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service.
- The first PhD program dedicated to Disability Studies in the United States and one of the few in the world.
- Home to internationally and nationally acclaimed leaders in the field of disabilities.
- Our diversity is profound: faculty have backgrounds in social sciences, health fields, and the humanities. Many of our students come from different countries.
- If you’re unsure about undertaking a degree program, start in our certificate program: Assistive Technology. Your successful coursework can be an end in itself or can transfer to the degree program later on.
“The history of oppression of disabled people is unknown to most people, and so they see disability as an individual tragedy and not as political oppression.”
“Disability studies has the potential to make people see that the world has been designed to exclude many people with disabilities.”
- Excerpts from Why Disability Studies Matter, a 2005 essay by Lennard Davis, PhD, prof. of disability and human development
Jobs in disability studies
Our graduates are finding careers ranging from academic appointments in the burgeoning field of disability studies, to leadership positions in social service and governmental agencies, to advocacy positions in countries around the world.
But importantly, graduates of our program aren’t trained for a job. Instead, they’re educated in a perspective that will serve them wherever they choose to serve others.
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