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Center for Disability Studies

The Pennsylvania State University Center for Disability Studies (CDS) is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary center with three key purposes:

  • Conduct research and creative activities through grantsmanship, publications, and supporting research talks, performances, and film and gallery showings
  • Offer both undergraduate and graduate programs for university students
  • Carry out public pedagogy events to inform public policy on education, health, and welfare

CDS examines the values and assumptions involved in various explanatory and applied frameworks for disability such as the medical, social, cultural, and historical models of disability. Disability Studies scholars at CDS aim to question the illusion of the perfected body/mind, and to argue that a just and inclusive society must provide for the full and equal social participation of all individuals, regardless of their place in the continuum of abilities and disabilities.

Housed in the College of Education, CDS includes affiliate faculty and both undergraduate and graduate students across all colleges and departments in arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

To learn about the Disability Studies program at Pennsylvania State University, please visit the above menu.

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