It is estimated that close to 20 percent of the US population, nearly 54 million people, have a disability, with a dramatic increase in the proportion since 1970. People with disabilities comprise one of the largest, least employed, and most disenfranchised minority groups in society. The law exerts a powerful and direct impact on the lives of persons with disabilities.
This 15-credit certificate program provides legal education to those working in the administration of and provision of services for those living with disabilities, as well as to disabilities studies scholars, activists, and policy makers. Individuals in almost any field—but especially architecture, business, education, healthcare, social work, and urban planning—may benefit from better understanding how the intersection of their work and the law affects individuals with disabilities.