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Disability Studies

  • Disability Studies
  • Disability Studies & Social Work
  • Disability Studies & Psychology
  • Disability Studies Combined Programs
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Admission Requirements & Program Highlights

Use the knowledge and experience-based practice we provide to become an advocate for social justice and accessibility for people with disabilities through such careers as individual, family and group practice; case management in service delivery; agency supervision; government administration and disability and accessibility policy analysis.

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

ENG4U required.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English required.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English required.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English required.

70%

This program combines training in both social work and disability studies to focus on social justice and the social model of disability.

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

ENG4U required.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English required.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English required.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English required.

70%

Benefit from training in both psychology and disability studies and a focus on psychological and social models of disability and real-world learning experiences. You’ll gain the knowledge and experience-based practice to advocate for social justice, anti-oppressive needs and accessibility for people with disabilities.

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

ENG4U required.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English required.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English required.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English required.

70%

Functional Knowledge

  • Understanding, internalizing, communicating, and enacting best practices for making accommodations and modifications for persons with disabilities in real-world, context-sensitive situations
  • Evaluating representations of persons with disabilities in literature and media
  • Understanding psychological and social models of disability
  • Developing inclusive lectures, presentations, and programs that target diverse demographics equitably while remaining sensitive to various cultural dynamics
  • Assessing and appreciating the consequence of culturally constructed roles—and the perception of these roles—on individuals and broader social groups
  • Critically investigating trends and phenomena in socio-cultural life and business in the context of ableism

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With the programs you want and smaller student-to-faculty ratios, you can get the hands-on learning that's sure to set you on a journey to a future you'll be proud of.

Explore Opportunities

Explore a selection of recommended opportunities for students in this program. Below you'll find many options – you don’t have to do everything on it or limit yourself to it. Engage in opportunities from each of the three categories to set yourself up for success.

HIP

High-Impact Practices (HIP)

A HIP is an enriching educational experience that can be life-changing and often includes learning outside of the classroom while encouraging meaningful interaction and collaboration.

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Career Planning

Intentional career planning will help you prepare for your next step after graduation. It is a fluid, dynamic, and continuous process, meaning you can move on or return to an earlier stage at any time. You can even work through simultaneous cycles, like one for your long-term dream job and another for a summer job.

Manage Your Career - 1. Asses Yourself - 2. Explore Careers - 3. Expand Skills - 4. Market Yourself - 5. Find a job

Build your Skills and Experience

Your UWindsor experience is more than attending classes. It is a combination of academics, co-curricular activities, and extracurricular involvement. By making the most of all three elements of your university experience, you will maximize your opportunities to build your skills, broaden your personal network, and clarify your long term academic and career goals.

Academics

Curriculum

Courses of study specific to each program

Co-Curriculum

Co-Curriculum

Activities and experiences that complement coursework (Outstanding Scholars, peer mentoring, VIP)

Extracurriculum

Extracurriculum

Activities falling outside of the scope of set curriculum (Part-time job, clubs, volunteering, athletics


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Windsor/Essex County is a beautiful region situated in the heart of the Great Lakes. We enjoy the warmest climate in Ontario, with a long Summer and short Winter. Come see us, you won't want to leave.

Visit UWindsor

Windsor/Essex County is a beautiful region situated in the heart of the Great Lakes. We enjoy the warmest climate in Ontario, with a long Summer and short Winter. Come see us, you won't want to leave.

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Life After Graduation

John Freer

“Disability Studies provided me with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in my chosen career and continue on to pursue graduate studies. The faculty are supportive and the courses are engaging. This program strikes a great balance between theory and practice and provides interdisciplinary perspectives of disability.”

John Freer –
BA in Disability Studies [2012]

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Number of Disability Studies Graduates (2017)

95.7%

Employment rate of graduates 2 years following degree completion
(OUGS Social Sciences, 2014)

Common Industries for Disability Studies Graduates

  • Academia: Advanced disability studies research
  • Business: Research and analysis, human resources, inclusivity and sensitivity policy development
  • Community outreach and advocacy
  • Education: Advising, counselling, corporate training
  • Government: Disability and accessibility research and policy development
  • Healthcare: Administration, counselling
  • Social service and personal support work: Case management and service delivery

Career Tracks*

  • Behavioural aide
  • Child and youth care worker
  • Communications specialist
  • Consultant
  • Disability support worker
  • Diversity co-ordinator
  • Educational assistant
  • Family counsellor
  • Group home worker
  • Health-care administrator
  • Human resources manager
  • Immigration officer
  • Industry instructor
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Marketing manager
  • Personal aide
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician
  • Policy analyst
  • Professor
  • Psychologist
  • Public official
  • Public policy analyst
  • Public relations officer
  • Research co-ordinator
  • Social worker
  • Teacher
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* Additional education and/or training required for some of the above careers.

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