Skip to Navigation | Skip to Content

Links


Courses

CAM 3003 Special Topics in Culture, Arts and Media: Disability Studies
Department of Technology, Culture, and Society
NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
This course dynamically engages you in the world of disability. As a team member, you will work closely with a person who has a disability (the consultant) to discover his or her interests, abilities and desires in order to portray his or her life with digital storytelling. This active learning approach, carefully guided by the instructor, is enhanced with readings, guest lecturers, videos and visits to your consultant's day program. You will learn about disability history, assistive technology and universal design. The end-of-semester is celebrated with a formal presentation of all person-centered projects. Our aim is to show the individual, making the "invisible visible." Currently taught by Allan Goldstein

DM9103:1494 Accessible Making
Integrated Digital Media
NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
The Maker movement and the rise of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in education have reignited the interest of hands-on-learning, tinkering and making. People with disabilities can directly benefit from participating in STEM activities at school, home and use these skills to find their passion and possibly a career. Currently, few options are available to make STEM accessible, how will a teenager with cerebral palsy use an Arduino if they can not use their hands? Can a student with visual impairments design a 3D model to printed if they can not see the software? How can the Maker movement include the disability community? This course will explore how the disability community can become active participants and become Makers through the use of accessible tools and methods. We will discuss the current state of assistive technology for people with disabilities and how it overlaps with the Maker movement. We will design and build accessible tools for STEM activities for classroom and home use. The ideal outcome of this course is to support the integration of the disability and Maker communities through identifying challenges and proposing accessible tools, ideas that allow accessible making. Currently taught by John Schimmel

DM9103:2956 Developing Assistive Technologies
Integrated Digital Media
NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and Tisch ITP
This multi-disciplinary course allows students from a variety of backgrounds to work together to learn about and develop assistive technology. Partnering with outside organizations, students will work in teams to identify a clinical need relevant to a certain clinical site or client population, and learn the process of developing an idea and following that through to the development of a prototype product. Currently taught by Anita Perr, Allan Goldstein, and Christie Leece

ANTH-GA 3393  Disability Worlds: Anthropological Perspectives
Department of Anthropology
College of Arts & Science
This course examines the genealogy of disability as a topic in anthropology and related disciplines, exploring the relationship of such work to disability studies and activism. We will consider early key works, as well as recent ethnographies, stressing the significance of disability for theorizing human difference. The course will also incorporate guest lectures, films, performance and relevant off-site activities in NYC.
Currently taught by Faye Ginsburg & Rayna Rapp

MCC-UE 1026  Disability, Technology, and Media
Media, Culture, and Communication
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
This course is offered in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
In this course, we examine the significance of technology to the definition and experience of disability; the relationship between disability and the development of new media; the politics of representation; and current debates between the fields of disability studies and media studies. Specific topics will include: biomedical technology and the establishment of norms; the category of “assistive technology”; cyborgs and prostheses as fact and as metaphor; inclusive architecture and design; visual rhetorics of disability in film and photography; staring and other practices of looking; medical and counter-medical performance; media advocacy, tactical media, and direct action.
Currently taught by Mara Mills.

APSY-GE 2068 Issues in Counseling People with Disabilities
Department of Applied Psychology
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Provides an overview of factors that influence counseling people with disabilities, including disabilities typically diagnosed in childhood & adolescence. Focuses on the experience of disability, the impact of disability on psychosocial functioning & its intersections with other social identities, family life, & issues in disability across the lifespan. Explores models of disability, history & legislation related to disability, attitudes towards people with disabilities, & collaboration with allied health professionals. Counseling issues for select disability groups are presented.
Currently taught by Randy Mowry.

Disability in the Global Context
Department of Occupational Therapy
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs
Using a framework to interview people with and without disabilities in health facilities and in public places, students were able to hear first hand accounts and personal views on family, health and politics, among many other topics. During the two week course, students visited mental health facilities, hospitals, schools, and elder care centers. They also evaluated the environments they visited in terms of physical accessibility and sensory stimulation. In addition to on-site class seminars, local experts were invited to deliver guest lectures that were lively, enthralling and insightful. In their journals, students reflected on their own learning, and demonstrated ways to synthesize health education in the cultural context of West Africa into their own worldviews and professional roles.

Do you wish to join the Disability Council list? Are there other resources we can add to this list?
Please email Mara Mills for more information.