Alumni across the globe
Patrick Ojok ‘15 PhD DS, head of community and disability studies at Kyambogo University, is working to improve education and employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Africa.
Distinguished Professor and Department Head, Tamar Heller, received the Arc of Illinois Paulauski Advocate Award.
Fostering social change
From understanding to social change, we are the only department in the disability studies field that provides a path from Minor to PhD and anything in between.
We are home to the Illinois LEND, a statewide interdisciplinary training program designed to improve the health and well being of individuals with disabilities.
Disability arts and culture
We are home to Bodies of Work, a network of artists and organizations advancing disability arts and culture.
Our network is essential to achieving our mission of breaking down barriers for persons with disabilities in society
Your partner in advancing the lives of people with disabilities and their families around the world
At the UIC Department of Disability and Human Development, the values of cultural diversity, self-determination, and social justice 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.
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Explore our full range of programs to find your educational path
|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|
|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|
Institute on Disability and Human Development
The UIC Departent of Disability and Human Development is 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.
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