Sibling Leadership Network
Host of national Sibling Leadership Network with over 20 state chapters
Nationally recognized for her leadership in promoting disability rights and accessibility
Bodies of Work
Home of Bodies of Work, a consortium of over 50 organizations advancing disability arts and culture
Bringing first-hand knowledge to her research on behalf of individuals with disabilities and their families
New bachelor's degree
Our new BS in disability and human development is preparing the next generation of leaders in the field
Developing effective strategies for enhancing consumer empowerment and personal effectiveness among individuals with disabilities
Your partner in advancing the lives of people with disabilities and their families around the world
At UIC’s Department of Disability and Human Development, the values of cultural diversity, self-determination, and equal citizenship of people with disabilities underpin our training, public service and research activities.
We are an internationally-recognized center for the interdisciplinary study of disability, conducting scholarship and community-engaged service across the spectrum of disability, including advocacy, culture, education, health promotion, history, policy and technology.
Institute on Disability and Human Development
We’re home to Illinois’ only federally-designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service.
IDHD is a national leader in interdisciplinary academic training, community service, research and information dissemination all related to people with disabilities.
What sets us apart
Disability and Human Development Programs
|Minor in Disability and Human Development||On Campus||Examine aspects of society that uniquely impact the experience and development of people living with disabilities||Apply|
|BS in Disability and Human Development||On Campus||A broad, interdisciplinary degree that addresses all aspects of the disability experience by blending theory, research and practice||Apply|
|MS in Disability and Human Development||On Campus||Preparing future leaders in human services, research, and scholarship in the disability field||Apply|
|PhD in Disability Studies||On Campus||Examine how addressing disability in its full complexity can promote the full participation, self-determination, and equal citizenship of people with disabilities in society||Apply|
|Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Fellowship||On Campus||Advanced training for graduate students, professionals, self-advocates, and family members to address the needs of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities||Apply|
|Disability Ethics Certificate||On Campus||Specialized training in a critical approach to ethical dilemmas concerning life with disability||Apply|
|Assistive Technology Certificate||On Campus or Online||Preparing professionals to deliver state of the art assistive technology services to people with physical, cognitive or sensory disabilities||Apply|
What we're researching
Many of our research activities are integrated across community services projects, creating a direct link between research and practice. We see technical assistance as a logical and natural extension of all our work. Virtually all staff and faculty in our research centers and programs are involved in some form of technical assistance at the local, state, regional and national levels.
- Assistive technology
- Caregiver/Family Support
- Cultural Competency
- Disability Arts and Culture
- Disability Policy
- Health Disparities
- Health Promotion
- Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- Minorities with Disabilities
- Participation Among People with Disabilities
- Sexuality and Disability
Research Centers, Clinical and Community Programs
A collaborative network
Our partnership with a diverse and extensive network of community, national, and international individuals and groups is essential to achieving our mission of breaking down barriers for persons with disabilities in society.
Wednesday, 1 pm - 2 pm
Friday, 9 am - 11 amDevelopmental Disabilities Family Clinic (DHSP) 448