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Take Summer Online Graduate Courses in Disability Studies (DIS) at the University of Hawaii!

Two Exciting Courses for Summer! (

Summer Session I: Disability History and Culture: From Homer to Hip Hop (Special Topics DIS 682)

Instructor: Steven Brown, Ph.D.

Overview of the history of disability from a disability studies perspective, a multidisciplinary and global approach to studying disability perspectives, focused on personal and collective responses to difference(s) based on disability. Learn how different societies have treated people with disabilities. Read & discuss policies, perceptions; living conditions; and roles of persons with disabilities historically, individually and collectively. Address ideas of impairment; politics and legislation; diversity; advocacy; and education.

Summer Session II:  Access to Higher Education for Students with Disabilities: Accommodations and Universal Design (Adv Seminar DIS 687)

Instructor: Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.

This asynchronous online course covers history, definitions, attitudes, approaches to access, and legal issues worldwide regarding the intersection between disability and higher education. It compares and contrasts accommodation and universal design approaches to access with respect to specific practices, the roles of stakeholders, and the beneficiaries when these practices are applied to instruction, technology, physical spaces and student services. It explores research-based and promising practices for preparing students with disabilities for success and for making postsecondary and educational products and environments welcoming to, accessible to, and usable by all students with a variety of characteristics that include those related to gender, race, ethnicity, culture, first language, age, learning style, ability, and disability.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa offers the Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies, a 15 credit graduate level (master’s, doctoral, and post-doctoral) program sponsored by the Center on Disability Studies (CDS) in the College of Education. CDS also offers both graduate and undergraduate level Disability Studies Courses that can be taken as electives.

All courses are offered through distance education. For summer courses non-residents (international and out of state students) may pay in-state tuition rates.

UH Manoa Summer Sessions 2016
Session 1: May 23 - July 1
Session 2: July 5 - August 12

Class Availability for Summer is online NOW
Registration begins March 1

For questions about our certificate or courses, please check out the FAQ page or contact program coordinator Megan Conway at