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Disability and Diversity Studies Courses for Summer 2017

Registration opens next week for online Disability and Diversity Studies Summer Session courses at the University of Hawaii.
To apply and register, go to For general questions about our Disability Studies program or courses, contact Megan Conway at For questions about course content, please contact the instructors directly (contact information below). 

DIS 687: Disability in Film and Media

Summer 1: May 22-June 30

Instructor Raphael Raphael,

Course Description: Students in this online course will view and respond to a series of films that portray disability with the following aims: (1) to interrogate their own assumptions about disability; (2) to deepen their historical understanding of the ways in which the "grammar" of film has shaped depictions of disability; and (3) to consider the ways in which these images may dialog with the ways we think about disability.

DIS 687: Universal Design in Higher Education

Summer 2: July 3-August 11

Instructor: Sheryl Burgstahler,

Course Description: Take this asynchronous online class to learn how postsecondary education can benefit from a culture shift toward the full inclusion of students with disabilities in all aspects of college life. Students will engage in lively discussions about new approaches that may dramatically increase the success of students with disabilities. It covers history, definitions, attitudes, approaches to access, and legal issues worldwide regarding the intersection between disability and higher education.

DIS 682: Technology to Support Literacy for ELL

Summer 2/Fall: July 3 - October 15 (Outreach Extension Course, please contact or the instructor for the CRN)

Instructor: Mautumua Porotesano,

Course Description: This course is appropriate for anyone interested in exploring the potential technology offers for teaching and learning, regardless of prior teaching or technological experience. Computer technology is changing the way we teach, offering educators effective ways to reach different types of learners and to assess student understanding through multiple means.

CDS Certificate Program

The Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies (DDS) is 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.

Learn more about the CDS Certificate Program

CANCELLED - DIS 682: Disability History and Culture: From Homer to Hip Hop

UPDATE 5/16 - This course has been cancelled. Seats are still open for DIS 687 Disability in Film and Media.

Instructor: Steven Brown,

Course Description: This course encourages students to consider disability history and culture in the context of our wider society. Who were the Greeks who created their own society for veterans with disabilities? Was a 13th century Mali warrior, born with disabilities, the basis for the story of "The Lion King"? How does Kalaupapa fit into the history of disabilities? What does Hip Hop have to do with disability culture?