Disability Studies offers a course of study that explores disability from historical, cultural, and socio-political perspectives. Focus is placed on disability within a social and political context, challenging the notion that the statuses and roles of individuals with disability result from physical or psychological aspects of disability. Scholars in the field of Disability Studies recognize the necessity of focusing their work on issues of disability within a traditional discipline, but also require a familiarity with work on disability in other disciplines to enrich their own understandings. It is for this philosophical reason that the Disability Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary graduate certificate and is jointly sponsored by the Institute on Disabilities and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Temple's Disability Studies Program draws on resources in a broad array of disciplines from the liberal arts and social sciences to the allied health professions. It develops a more accurate understanding and appreciation of people with disabilities and the evolution of their civil rights movement. Students working toward graduate degrees in various disciplines can study the central concepts of disability theory and action modes of research through Disability Studies graduate courses.
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