Growing up as a child with a disability, Professor Cynthia Simon experienced what is now called bullying. From political science to law to advocacy, she is teaching students that much of what disables people are not impairments, but attitudes and societally created barriers.
Growing up as a child with a disability, Professor Cynthia Simon shares how her early studies eventually led to teaching disability studies and talks about the importance of including people with disabilities in the discussions of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
One in four adults in the United States has some type of disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This makes disability a natural and common part of the human experience. The new minor is an interdisciplinary effort designed to support an intrinsically collaborative approach to studying the lived experience of disability and the theoretical frameworks that surround that experience.