Disability Ethics Certificate

Explore bioethics and the complex ethical questions associated with disability

Our society is making strides in the support of people with disabilities. Medical advances continue to increase their long-term survival. State and federal laws support their rights to participate in society to their fullest potential.

Because of this, we’re facing new and increasingly complex ethical questions about disability. The disability experience is complex, and brings up issues that need deep consideration and expanded perspectives.

UIC’s certificate in disability ethics prepares you to be a leader in your field by teaching you to:

  • Address disability as a multi-dimensional phenomenon
  • Critically analyze major approaches of bioethics from a disability studies framework
  • Recognize different perspectives in ethical debates involving people with disabilities
  • Apply ethical theories to life situations facing people with disabilities

Disability ethics is an interdisciplinary approach to examining, analyzing, and reaching decisions about ethical dilemmas about life with disability. It addresses many of the same issues that bioethics addresses:

  • Prenatal testing
  • Medical treatment decisions
  • Hastened dying
  • Body enhancement
  • Healthcare resource distribution
  • Quality of life

Disability ethics also expands the focus beyond medical issues. It includes legal, policy and social justice issues that affect daily living for people with disabilities.

Your career

With a certificate in disability ethics, you’ll advance your ability to think deeply and progressively about society‚Äôs ethical responsibilities toward underrepresented communities. Knowledge of disability and ethics is an advantage in any career, and is particularly helpful in:

  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Disability services
  • Clinical positions
  • Human resources
  • Counseling
  • Policy
  • Legal advocacy

Learn from the best

  • Carol Gill head shot

    Carol Gill

    Selected as a key figure in the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement by the Oral History Project of the University of California, Berkeley

  • Sarah Parker Harris

    Sarah Parker Harris

    Focusing on comparative and national disability policy and legislation, employment, entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship

Carol Gill headshot


Application information for this new certificate program will be posted as soon as it’s available. We expect to be admitting our first students in Fall 2017.

If you’re interested in the program and wondering what a certificate in disability ethics can do for you, contact Carol Gill for more information.

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