Educational mission

Students and professionals from varied disciplines seek to accomplish the following educational objectives :

  1. Develop presentational skills for scholarly and professional audiences.
  2. Develop writing skills in areas of law research and policy analysis for scholarly, policy-oriented, practitioner, and consumer publications.
  3. Study related lega, legislative, and policy making issues.
  4. Develop awareness of disability issues in employment, society, and technology.
  5. Partner with local and national disability organizations.

Students and professionals from multiple disciplines seek to improve skills towards the following professional goals:
  1. Enhance counseling, advisory, and research skills.
  2. Improve ability to work collaboratively and on a project team in a multidisciplinary environment on legal, policy, and disability issues.
  3. Improve legal, research, and counseling skills for evaluating and advising about assistive technology and technology accessibility.

As part of the Center's efforts to train and supervise students, several courses and seminars are offered.
Courses include the following:
  1. A year-long, six-credit seminar, with students engaged in law, health policy, and disability research on the activities at the Center (in 1999-2000, approximately 16 law and graduate students enrolled, with law school writing credits available for the law students).
  2. Interdisciplinary study for educational endeavors by master's- and doctorate-level graduate students from colleges at the University (e.g., Colleges of Education, Law, Liberal Arts, Medicine, and Public Health).
  3. A three-credit class on federal disability law and policy (average 50-90 students enrolled).

Fundamental Missions

Education - Provide quality education to all students and professionals.

Research - Promote quality research and information exchange with respect to law, health policy, and disabilities.

Service - Provide to individual and community partners to enhance awareness of disability and health-related matters.

Technologies - Pursue research on new technologies and evaluate their applications in education and service for persons with disabilities.