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Outside of NYU, Within or Near New York City

NYU Collaboration with SKILLS
The Skills and Knowledge for Independent Living & Learning (“SKILLs”) Program began in Fall 2009 as a pilot program,  developed by the NYU Council for the Study of Disability in collaboration with the Cooke Center Academy and the Winston Preparatory School, two private high schools for students with learning disabilities located in downtown Manhattan. The idea for this program was catalyzed by a report put out by the NYC group, Advocates for Children, Transitioning to Nowhere, that revealed the shocking lack of transition programs for young adults with a range of disabilities who were completing high school.  After a year of planning, the program started with eight students in Fall 2009, in space made available in the Department of Anthropology for a two year incubation period. In Fall 2010, the number of students had doubled, and by Fall 2011, when SKILLS moved into their own facility on 29th St., the number had expanded to almost 40 students. Learn more here.

Academic Programs

Society for Disabilities Studies
The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) is a scholarly organization that is dedicated to the cause of promoting the disability studies as an academic discipline. According to SDS’s Mission Statement, “through research, artistic production, teaching and activism, the Society for Disability Studies seeks to augment understanding of disability in all cultures and historical periods, to promote greater awareness of the experiences of disabled people, and to advocate for social change.”

The Future of Disability Studies at Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference

Disability Studies at CUNY’s School of Professional Studies:

Undergraduate courses
Disability Studies is an emerging multidisciplinary field that spans the social sciences, humanities, and sciences. This new paradigm recognizes that disability is not inherent in the individual as a personal problem or deficit, but rather, is a set of physical and social barriers that constrains people. SPS offers courses in Disability Studies for current professionals and future practitioners in the disability field, people with disabilities, and disability advocates, scholars, and researchers.

BA in Disability Studies
This online degree is available to students who have completed 24 credits. It is a 33-credit major with four concentrations: Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Mental/Behavioral Health, and Interdisciplinary Disability Studies.

Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies
This graduate-level certificate is designed for individuals who are currently working in the disability field, people with disabilities and their family members, advocates, and individuals with undergraduate or graduate degrees who want to develop their expertise in this area of study and practice.

Master of Arts in Disability Studies
This 30-credit Master of Arts in Disability Studies is designed to prepare a new generation of service providers, researchers, advocates, and policy makers to be leaders in community-based or governmental agencies as they evolve in the 21st century, as well as to become more skilled and insightful administrators, advocates, educators, scholars or social service professionals.

Minor in Disability Studies, Interdisciplinary Program
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
College of Staten Island, The City University of New York
The minor in Disability Studies is an interdisciplinary course of study in which students select from a variety of courses concerned with matters of interest to persons with disabilities. The student is required to take a core set of courses in the social and psychological sciences supplemented by a choice from a list of disability-related courses. The minor may be taken in combination with any baccalaureate degree.

Disability Studies Program (Undergraduate Minor)
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University

Autism Studies Program (Undergraduate Concentration and Post-Bachelor's Certificate)
Online Programs
St. Joseph's University

Disabilities Studies Concentration
Bachelor of Science in Health Science
School of Health Technology & Management
SUNY Stony Brook University


Lecture Series

Disability Studies Lecture series
CUNY School of Professional Studies
Typically held at a CUNY campus, the lectures are intended to enrich the curriculum of the Disability Studies graduate programs offered through the CUNY School of Professional Studies. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Film Festivals

Reelabilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival
ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. Initiated in NY in 2007, the festival presents award winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.


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