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Roanoke College to Launch Disability Studies Program

Roanoke College is set to introduce a groundbreaking opportunity for its students – a Disability Studies degree program.

For years, both faculty members and students at Roanoke College have dedicated their efforts to implementing various courses and initiatives aimed at promoting disability programs. Through a gradual and persistent process, they have achieved their goal, and the college is now poised to offer a comprehensive Disability Studies major.

The students at Roanoke College are not content with merely pursuing their studies; they are driven by a passion for advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities and striving to enhance their quality of life within a more inclusive society. The journey towards this noble objective begins with education. Notably, Roanoke College’s disability initiatives, including MAPLE’S Kids and Toy Like Me, have played a pivotal role in laying the foundation for the establishment of a concentration in Disability Studies, which was successfully launched last year.

Impact on Students

This initiative has made a profound impact on students who have experienced a transformative shift in their perspectives on life. In addition to the concentration, Roanoke College is taking a significant step forward by offering a brand-new Disability Studies Major and Minor, commencing in August. This move reflects the college’s unwavering commitment to fostering the growth and development of Disability Studies within its academic framework.

Roanoke College’s dedication to supporting Disability Studies is evident through these new offerings, which will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of this vital field. To explore the full range of Disability Studies programs and offerings at Roanoke College, please visit their official website at

Read the original article by Tynisha Jackson of WDBJ7 here.

Benefits of Disability Studies Programs

Pursuing a degree in Disability Studies offers an array of benefits that extend far beyond the classroom. It equips individuals with a deep understanding of the challenges faced by those with disabilities and empowers them to advocate for positive change. Graduates with a Disability Studies degree are well-prepared to contribute to creating a more inclusive and accessible world, whether through policy development, community engagement, or support services.

Additionally, this field opens doors to diverse career opportunities in fields such as healthcare, education, social work, and advocacy organizations. Ultimately, a Disability Studies degree not only enriches one’s knowledge but also provides the tools and perspective to make a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals with disabilities, fostering a more equitable and inclusive society for all.

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Additional colleges offering Disability Studies programs include:

Arizona State University offers an online Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies.

City University of New York (CUNY) offers an online Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies.

Georgetown University offers a minor in Disability Studies as well as a Masters and a PhD Certificate in Disability Studies.

University of Toledo offers a Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies as well as a minor.

University of Washington offers a Minor, Major and Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies.

University of California Berkeley offers a Minor in Disability Studies.

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) offers a Minor and a Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies

Virginia Tech offers a Minor in Disability Studies

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