Spring & Summer 2022

Through the leadership of CDCI Academic Coordinator Winnie Looby, we are able to offer a select number of UVM courses each semester. Courses are offered as either a combination of in-person and online class sessions, or as online-only classes.

These courses can be combined to earn the Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies.

EDSP 200: Special Education: Global Disability Studies

Text: Summer 2022, open for enrollment

The main concept of this course is to present students with broader views of disability, advocacy, and communication in the traditional African context through the voices and experiences of African disability rights advocates globally. Our primary goal is to explore how disability is viewed across cultures in Africa to empower and to offer opportunities for students to compare, contrast, and conceptualize what they learn for use advocacy and systemic change.

It also has the goal to explore a supportive pathway into educational systems and community life for immigrant and refugee students in K-12 schools and post-secondary programs.

You will be challenged to read thoroughly outside the American context to expand your world view and then analyze your own cultural experiences in the light of global diversity and diversity in VT and the U.S.A.


EDSP 279: Culture of Disability

Text: Spring 2022

Students enrolled in this course will use readings, lectures, films, writing, group discussions, and research and/or service learning in the community to examine the social and cultural experience of disability in different times and cultures.

As an introduction to Disability Studies, topics covered will include:

  • The influence of cultural beliefs relating to disability on individuals, families, disability law, and social policy in the United States and other countries;
  • Responses to disability reflected in first person narratives, media, academic and professional discourse and practice, film, art and literature;
  • Examining disability across the lifespan. Implications for education, health care and social services;
  • The role of different self-help and social change movements in the broader disability rights movement; and
  • The historical and cultural foundations of disability-related policies and practices in education, health care, and community development.