The Certificate in Disability Legal Studies enhances knowledge and skills needed to navigate laws and services for the disabled
The law exerts a powerful and direct impact on the lives of persons with disabilities. It is estimated that close to 20 percent of the US population, nearly 54 million people, have a disability, with a dramatic increase in the proportion since 1970. People with disabilities comprise one of the largest, least employed, and most disenfranchised minority groups in society.
This 15-credit certificate program is a unique effort to provide legal education to those working in the administration of and provision of services in disabilities programs. Administrators, educators, health practitioners, advocates, social workers, architects, city planners, attorneys, and business leaders, among others, could potentially benefit from the program's instructional content.
In their own words...
I am very grateful for the experience I had in the Disability Legal Studies certificate program. I learned so much that is applicable to the many different hats I wear in life. I hope to be able to use the skills I’ve acquired through the program to support, guide, and provide information to the individuals with exceptionalities I’ve been called to serve.
- Rachel Kittenbrink, PhD
Educational Consultant & Behavior Analyst
Participation in the Disability Legal Studies Program provide me with an opportunity to understand and appreciate the legal framework that is applied when examining complex issues of disability. Further, application of this framework resulted in more efficient and effective communication with legal counsel. I would highly recommend this program for anyone who has accountability for compliance under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Lynnett Van Slyke, MS, M.Ed., CRC
University Intercessor and Director of Disability Compliance, University of Rochester