Disability Studies at Temple University

What is "Disability Studies"?

peaceful marchers with a giant puppet representing Justin DartDisability 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.

Disability Studies: Programs, Events, Resources

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Disability Studies Curriculum

Learn about Temple's Disability Studies Graduate Certificate.

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

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Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
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