Research, Policy and Practice
National task group chaired by Tamar Heller releases pre-summit report on caregiving and IDD and dementia
Expert on the history of medicine and disability with an upcoming book about the US history of disability and adoption in the 20th century
Bodies of Work
Home of Bodies of Work, a consortium of over 50 organizations advancing disability arts and culture
Our bachelor's degree program celebrates one year!
Specialized expertise in trauma and sexual abuse prevention and intervention for people with IDD
Sibling Leadership Network
Host of national Sibling Leadership Network with over 20 state chapters
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 or Online||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|
Our areas of research, scholarship and expertise
Top focus areas among DHD faculty. Select to see faculty studying a topic.
- Assistive Technology
- Children, Youth and Families
- Community Living
- Cultural Competency
- Disability and Sexuality
- Disability Arts and Culture
- Disability Policy
- Entrepreneurship and Employment
- Health Disparities
- Health Promotion
- Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- Participation Among People with Disabilities
- Qualitative Research
- Rights and Advocacy
- Social Justice
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.
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