What is "Disability Studies"?

Disability is a cultural experience. Disability Studies uses an interdisciplinary perspective to explore the disability experience. Disability Studies questions concepts such as "normalcy" and analyzes "differences" through origins, institutions, policies, philosophies, culture, and traditions. The concept of disability has legal, medical, political, social, and temporal variations and implications. Similar to African American Studies, Gender Studies, Women's Studies, and Native American Studies, Disability Studies qua academic study developed through the emergence of a Social Justice and Civil Rights Movement – the Disability Rights Movement.

Why Attend Disability Studies at Temple?

In exploration of the breadth of intersectional concepts, Disability Studies at Temple University is an Interdisciplinary collaboration: a cluster of curricula including accredited programs, mini-series lectures, performances, symposia and more. Disability Studies at Temple is inclusive programming with great diversity in both scholars and students. A significant portion of our programming is freely available to the community at large.

Email us at iod@temple.edu to request more information about Disability Studies at Temple University.

Disability Studies Programs, Events, and Resources

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Disability and Change Symposia

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Disability Studies Curriculum

Disability Studies Graduate Certificate at Temple

The Institute on Disabilities has a cluster of Disability-Studies related curricula including:

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