Future Paths in the Field of Disability
As all social institutions grapple with the changing nature of public and private participation by people with disabilities, students with a Graduate Certificate in disability studies are well-suited for employment in a wide variety of careers. Many graduate students come to disability studies seeking a more expansive philosophical grounding after working in professional fields involved with people with disabilities. Together, our work will further national and international efforts to achieve widespread systems of change, not only with respect to integrating people with disabilities into social contexts, but also making disability integral to the experience of human difference.
- Public Policy & Advocacy
Graduate students at the College of Liberal Arts in programs such as anthropology, geography, political science and sociology may use the certificate to pursue a specialization in public policy and advocacy as it impacts people with disabilities and their families. With such an emphasis, students will be better prepared to offer their skills in a broad range of academic, corporate, governmental and non-profit settings. Especially in light our nation's aging population, there is a growing demand for professionals in social science research, public administration, and community organizing who are prepared to grapple with disability-related issues.
Teachers and educational leaders today serve an increasingly diverse student population. Graduate students at the College of Education who also complete the Certificate in Disability Studies will be prepared to help shape federal, state and local policy to ensure teachers meet the challenge of teaching all learners.
- Community Planning
Graduate students at the School of Environmental Design who complete the Certificate in Disability Studies will be better prepared to advocate and institute policies of universal design, thus insuring that our communities address the access needs of constituents-people with disabilities, our elderly population, women with small children-rather than the far narrower range whose needs have traditionally been addressed.