Disability Studies - Undergraduate Program - University of Windsor - Windsor, Ontario, Canada
 

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Become an advocate for accessibility and social justice. The material taught in this program is derived from people with disabilities and their lived experiences. The knowledge you gain is grounded in the real world and we enhance the theory you learn with practice. The placements and volunteer opportunities offered through this program add value to your degree.


Sample Courses: Historical Approaches to People with Disabilities, Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science, Meeting Human Needs through Social Welfare, Social Work and Diversity


Career Tracks: Disability support worker, diversity co-ordinator, behavioural aide, child and youth care worker, accessibility research and policy development advocate

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada


Course Requirements: English/ENG4U
Minimum Average: 70%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 82%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

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Become an effective advocate with this program that combines social work and disability studies. You’ll get lots of hands-on experience in the field and have the opportunity to join clubs. This is a program where you can learn to make a difference in the world.


Sample Courses: Historical Approaches to People with Disabilities; Community Approaches, Advocacy and Empowerment; Social Justice in Action; Social Work and Diversity; Field Education


Career Tracks: Disability support worker, social worker, child and youth worker, community support worker, family service worker

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada


Course Requirements: English/ENG4U
Minimum Average: 70%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 80%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

Benefit from training in both psychology and disability studies in this program that gives you lots of hands-on learning opportunities. We offer community volunteer experience and placements, giving you an edge when it comes time to launch your career. We’re here to give you the individual support you need to succeed.


Sample Courses: Social Work and Diversity, Developmental Psychology, Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science, Learning and Behaviour, Theories of Disability and the Social Model, Historical Approaches to People with Disabilities


Career Tracks: Disability service worker, community support worker, behavioural aide, mental health worker, child and youth worker

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada


Course Requirements: English/ENG4U
Minimum Average: 70%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 82%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada


Course Requirements: CAAT diploma in Child & Youth Care (formerly Child & Youth Worker), Developmental Services Worker, Early Childhood Education, Educational Support or Social Service Worker program. English/ENG4U.

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

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  • Co-op Co-op Available
  • G General 3-year program
  • H Honours 4-year program
  • T Thesis Available
  • C Combined Honours programs available
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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

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What Will I Learn?

  • 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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Number of Graduates (2020)


94%

EMPLOYMENT RATE OF GRADUATES*

*2 years following degree completion (OUGS Social Sciences, 2019)

Explore your opportunities

  • 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

High-Impact Practices (HIP)

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