Courses

IHD course descriptions

Read through our course descriptions below to get a sense of the classes you’ll be taking.

Undergraduate courses 

Graduate courses 

Undergraduate courses

DIS 201 INTRODUCTION TO DISABILITY (3)  

Explores the disability experience from the perspective of the person with a disability, focusing on how society views disabilities and examining the relationship between society and the disabled. Letter grade only. 

DIS 303 PERSPECTIVES ON DISABILITIES (3)  

Explores the personal, cultural, social, political, and economic experiences of persons with disabilities in global and national contexts. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: junior status or higher SPW.

DIS 304 ACCESSIBILITY AND USABILITY: INTRODUCTION TO UNIVERSAL DESIGN (3) 

An introduction to issues faced by individuals with disabilities and others based on the planning and design of spaces, products, facilities, curriculum, and information and how universal design addresses these issues. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: DIS 201 or DIS 303 SPW.

DIS 309 DISABILITY HISTORY

This course as an introduction to disability history offers students a broad overview of relevant historical contexts pertaining to persons with disabilities. It explores changes and continuities in the ways in which people in different times and locations have thought about and treated people with disabilities in legal, scientific, medical, political and social discourse, and in popular and high culture. Letter grade only.

DIS 335 DISABILITY AND ETHICS

This course examines disability from a philosophical, and especially ethical perspective. It brings the experience of disability to bear on the domain of philosophy to discover whether philosophers have been flawed in fundamental ethical concepts and theories while using the methods and skills of philosophy to help understanding disability in new and illuminating ways.

DIS 407 INTRODUCTION TO PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF FAMILY SUPPORT, SELF-DETERMINATION AND DISABILITY (3)  

Introduction to the principles and practices of disability awareness, family support and self-determination with applications for multi-disciplinary professions. Letter grade only. 

DIS 408 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE (1-12)  

Individualized and supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or organization. Fee required. Pass-fail only. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. 

DIS 417 DISABILITY LAW AND EDUCATION (3) 

Covers legal issues dealing with IDEA, inclusion, LRE, discipline, AT, Section 504, Title II of the ADA, and other disability-related laws. Co-convenes with DIS 517. Letter grade only.

DIS 418 LAW OF DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION (3)  

Presents key legislation pertaining to individuals with disabilities including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 and other related laws and their impact on employment, housing, transportation, and independent living. No prerequisites required. Co-convenes with DIS 518. Letter grade only. 

DIS 485 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (1-6)  

Individualized, original research conducted under the supervision of a research adviser. Pass-fail only. May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit. 

DIS 497 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-6)  

Individualized approach to select topics by guided reading and critical evaluation. Pass-fail only. No repeat limit.

DIS 498C SENIOR SEMINAR IN DISABILITY STUDIES (3) 

The seminar, reserved for students who are in the Minor in Disability Studies, provides a forum for discussion of topical issues pertaining to individuals with disabilities across the life span. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: DIS 201, DIS 303, DIS 304, and DIS 418 CAP.

DIS 499 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS (1-3)  

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area. Letter grade only. No limit on how many times this course may be repeated by student.

Graduate courses

DIS 503 CONTEXTS OF DISABILITY IN SOCIETY (3)  

This course explores the personal, cultural, social, political and economic experiences of persons with disabilities in global and national contexts. Letter grade only. 

DIS 505 DISABILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE LIFESPAN: AN INTRODUCTION (3)  

Provides basic information about disabilities and related assistive technologies that may assist individuals with disabilities. 

DIS 507 ADVANCED PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF FAMILY SUPPORT, SELF-DETERMINATION AND DISABILITY (3)  

In-depth research and exploration, through independent and group work, into the principles and practices of disability awareness, family support and self-determination with applications for multi-disciplinary professions. Letter grade only. 

DIS 517 DISABILITY LAW AND EDUCATION (3)  

This course covers legal issues dealing with IDEA, inclusion, LRE, discipline, AT, Section 504, Title II of the ADA, and other disability related laws. Co-convenes with DIS 417. Letter grade only. 

DIS 518 ADVANCED DISABILITY LAW AND DISCRIMINATION (3)  

Students in this course will analyze legal issues associated with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 and other areas of disability law that impact employment, housing, transportation and independent living. No prerequisites required. Co-convenes with DIS 418. Letter grade only.  

DIS 521 ASSESSMENT AND EFFECTIVE PRACTICES IN ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY (3) 

Provides students with knowledge and skills in assessing the need for assistive technology and reviews current effective practices for providing assistive technology services. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: DIS 505. 

DIS 523 ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS: POSITIONING, MOBILITY, MOUNTING, AND CONTROL INTERFACES (3) 

Provides fundamental knowledge of strategies for positioning, mobility, mounting and control interfaces, and the assistive technology tools that are used to enable effective outcomes for persons with disabilities. Throughout the course basic processes, laws, and funding sources that assist in the implementation of assistive technology for positioning, mobility and/or access are addressed. Letter grade only. 

DIS 524 ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS: LITERACY (3)  

Provides specific knowledge and skills necessary to implement assistive technology tools and strategies for individuals who struggle to gain the skills of reading, writing, and literacy. This course addresses a range of ages, skill levels, and disabilities. Letter grade only. 

DIS 525 ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY APPLICATION: COMMUNICATION IMPAIRMENT (3)   

Provides specific knowledge and skills necessary to implement augmentative and alternative communication strategies with individuals with disabilities. May be repeated for a total of 6 hours of credit. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: DIS 505 or permission of instructor.

DIS 526 APPLICATIONS OF ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR SCHOOL-AGED INDIVIDUALS: LOW INCIDENCE/SEVERE DISABILITIES (3)   

Develops the specific skills and device knowledge necessary to provide assistive technology services to persons with low incidence or severe disabilities in a variety of settings. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: DIS 505 or permission of instructor.

DIS 527 APPLICATIONS OF ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR ADULTS (3)   

Develops the specific skills and device knowledge necessary to provide assistive technology services to adults with low incidence or severe disabilities in a variety of settings. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: DIS 505 or permission of instructor.

DIS 528 ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY APPLICATION: SENSORY IMPAIRMENT (3)   

Provides specific knowledge and skills necessary to implement assistive technology tools and strategies for individuals with sensory disabilities. This course addresses the sensory impairment areas of hearing, vision, and dual sensory impairment. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: DIS 505 or permission of instructor.

DIS 593 DISABILITY STUDIES WORKSHOP (1-3)  

Topical instruction involving exchange of ideas, practical methods, skills, and principles. You may count up to 6 hours of 593 toward your graduate program. Pass-fail only. 

DIS 599 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS (1-3)  

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area of a particular field of study. May be offered no more than three times before being submitted for a permanent course number. May be repeated for credit. Letter grade only. 

DIS 608 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE (1-12)   

Field experiences in applied and service delivery settings. You participate in a supervised training experience according to your interests and the availability of training sites. Pass-fail only. 

DIS 685 GRADUATE RESEARCH (1-6) 

Directed research on selected topics in disability studies. 

DIS 689 CAPSTONE PROJECT (2) 

Directed study on selected topics in disability studies. Letter grade or pass-fail. 

DIS 697 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3)  

Directed study on selected topics in disability studies. Letter grade or pass-fail.

DIS 698 GRADUATE SEMINAR (1-3)    

Provides exposure to the roles and functions of various disciplines involved in providing services to persons with disabilities and offers a foundation in critical issues in service delivery.