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Disability Studies

Disability studies is an academic discipline that examines the meaning, nature, and consequences of disability. Initially the field focused on the division between "impairment" and "disability", where impairment was an impairment of an individual's mind or body, while disability was considered a social construct. This premise gave rise to two distinct models of disability: the social and medical models of disability. In 1999 the social model was universally accepted as the model preferred by the field. However, in recent years, the division between the social and medical models has been challenged. Additionally there has been an increased focus on interdisciplinary research. For example, recent investigations suggest using "cross-sectional markers of stratification" may help provide new insights on the non-random distribution of risk factors capable of acerbating disablement processes.

Disability studies courses include work in disability history, theory, legislation, policy, ethics, and the arts. However, students are taught to focus on the lived experiences of individuals with disabilities in practical terms. The field is focused on increasing individuals with disabilities access to civil rights and improving their quality of life.

Disability studies emerged in the 1980s primarily in the US, the UK, and Canada. In 1986, the Section for the Study of Chronic Illness, Impairment, and Disability of the Social Science Association (United States) was renamed the Society for Disability Studies. The first US disabilities studies program emerged in 1994, at Syracuse University. The first edition of the Disabilities Studies Reader (one of the first collections of academic papers related to disability studies) was published in 1997. The field grew rapidly over the next ten years. In 2005, the Modern Language Association established disability studies as a “division of study.”

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CUNY Graduate School and University Center
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Aurora University
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Nassau Community College
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University of Alaska Anchorage
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University of Illinois at Chicago
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University of Maine
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Scholarships for Disability Studies Majors

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Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program

Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture

Up to $35,000 December 01, 2019 See Details

Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program

Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture

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Up to $35,000

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Bess Heflin Fellowship

University of Texas at Austin, Office of Graduate Studies

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University of Texas at Austin, Office of Graduate Studies

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Honors Scholarship - The College of New Rochelle

The College of New Rochelle

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Dean's Scholarship - The College of New Rochelle

The College of New Rochelle

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Wayne F. Placek Grant

American Psychological Foundation

$10,000 March 01, 2020 See Details

Wayne F. Placek Grant

American Psychological Foundation

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$10,000

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City of New Rochelle Resident Award

The College of New Rochelle

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Catholic High School Graduate Award

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Merit Transfer Scholarship - The College of New Rochelle

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St. Angela Award

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