Disability Studies at the University of Georgia

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Through UGA’s College of Family & Consumer Sciences, the Institute on Human Development and Disability applies the vast resources, research, and scholarship of the university on behalf of people with disabilities. Future leaders in all disciplines can be certified in disability issues through IHDD. Nationally-known faculty and staff support local, regional, state, national and international efforts.

Mission: The mission of the Disability Study Program at IHDD is to provide students with a unique set of competency– and value-based educational experiences designed to enhance their awareness, knowledge, and skills relative to advocating for, working with, and supporting individuals with disabilities and their families. Students will become leaders and advocates for systems change resulting in self-determination and meaningful community inclusion for all people.

Did you know that the Disability Studies Certificate at the University of Georgia is run through the Institute on Human ...
05/29/2020

Did you know that the Disability Studies Certificate at the University of Georgia is run through the Institute on Human Development & Disability / UGA? Please follow the Institute on Human Development & Disability / UGA for all future Disability Studies Certificate news. This account will be permanently deactivated on Monday, August 10th.

12/03/2019
University of Georgia School of Social Work

Today is International Disability Day. Learn more about the importance of this day from our colleague Dr. Wells.

In this video, Dr. Rebecca Wells explains the importance of International Disability Day.

Join us!
10/26/2019

Join us!

WE OPENED 25 MORE REGISTRATIONS: Register for the GA Disability History Alliance 5th annual Disability History Symposium, Power of Presence – From Segregation to Innovation: Inclusive Education for Georgia’s Children on Wednesday, October 30th 2019, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Richard B. Russell Jr. Special Collections Libraries Building at the University of Georgia. Our keynote speaker is Judy Heumann, who is recognized internationally as a leader in the disability community. Heumann is a lifelong civil rights advocate for people with disabilities and has produced significant contributions since the 1970's to the development of human rights legislation and policies benefiting children and adults with disabilities. Her contributions extended the international reach of the independent living movement. I am also presenting a timeline of Special Education- both the history and possibilities. It will be an incredible day and I would like to see you there. Register at http://bit.ly/2n2loKL

Very proud of the work that our Advocacy Practices for Social Change students put into creating exhibits for the Georgia...
11/02/2018

Very proud of the work that our Advocacy Practices for Social Change students put into creating exhibits for the Georgia Disability History Symposium using archives-based learning. Their displays were terrific! #GDHA2018

05/16/2018
Student Spotlight - Marcella Genut

Congratulations to Disability Studies Certificate student Marcella Genut for being selected for a student spotlight by the UGA Office of the Dean of Students! Hear her message to students with disabilities and about her work to make student organizations at UGA more accessible.
https://youtu.be/iVFFSzfu5fA

We are so very proud of all of our 2018 Disability Studies Certificate graduates! Congratulations to all of you! Go fort...
05/03/2018

We are so very proud of all of our 2018 Disability Studies Certificate graduates! Congratulations to all of you! Go forth and do good things!

Disability Studies at the University of Georgia
05/03/2018

Disability Studies at the University of Georgia

Disability Studies at the University of Georgia's cover photo
05/03/2018

Disability Studies at the University of Georgia's cover photo

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03/21/2018
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Non-disabled journalists: A little research goes a long way.

Destination Dawgs: Inclusive Education at UGA
11/28/2017

Destination Dawgs: Inclusive Education at UGA

Are you a University of Georgia student who wants to get involved with Destination Dawgs and the further inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities on UGA's campus? BE A PEER MENTOR! You can find the peer mentor application on our website : http://www.fcs.uga.edu/ihdd/destination-dawgs

Go Destination Dawgs!

Our hearts are heavy as we watch the tragedy unfolding in Texas. If you would like to donate, please consider giving non...
08/31/2017

Our hearts are heavy as we watch the tragedy unfolding in Texas. If you would like to donate, please consider giving nonperishable foods and hygiene items to Serve UGA or make a donation to Portlight to support people with disabilities impacted by the floods.
http://www.portlight.org/

Our thoughts and hearts are with those affected by the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey.
If you want to know how to help, please donate non-perishable food and hygiene items to Serve UGA through September 15th.

We are so excited to work with Georgia Options! Thank you for the opportunity for our class to serve, support, and learn...
08/22/2017

We are so excited to work with Georgia Options! Thank you for the opportunity for our class to serve, support, and learn about your work.

Georgia Options is thrilled to be partnering with Disability Studies at the University of Georgia at the Institute on Human Development and Disability (IHDD) to provide students with the opportunity to create strengths-based portfolios with the people we support. The students visited our main office today to learn about how Georgia Options embraces the person centered philosophy by supporting people to live in their own homes and be included in their communities. We are excited to work with Carol Britton Laws and these bright future leaders.

Job opportunity!
05/25/2017

Job opportunity!

The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency - GVRA is looking for a qualified Developmental Disability & Autism Coordinator. The position is located at the Vocational Rehabilitation Program Administrative office. Deadline to apply is May 31st.

If you or anyone you know qualifies as a candidate, apply here: http://ow.ly/dp5i30c0wcS

05/11/2017
UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences

What is Destination Dawgs?

What is Destination Dawgs? We celebrated a successful launch of our inclusive, postsecondary education program on Monday. Hope you enjoy this short video about the program that includes interviews with the students, parents and faculty - as well as one familiar face at the end. Thanks to UGA student Allison Majors, a double major in entertainment and media studies and special education, for her work on the video. Go (Destination) Dawgs!

We are very proud of all of our Disability Studies Certificate recipients for the 2016 - 2017 Academic Year! Congratulat...
05/10/2017

We are very proud of all of our Disability Studies Certificate recipients for the 2016 - 2017 Academic Year! Congratulations and Best Wishes!
Spring 2017 Graduates Pictured:
•Caitha Barr, HDFS, College of Family and Consumer Sciences
•Tiffany Cash, Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Education
•Will Crook, Psychology, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
Jessica Fannin, Psychology, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
•Lauren Franklin, Exercise and Sports Science, College of Education
•Jenna Freeman, Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Education
•Breana Johnson, Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Education
•Alyssa Kumle, HDFS, College of Family and Consumer Sciences
•Lexie Larcinese, Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Education
•Joanna Leger, Social Work, School of Social Work
•Sivan Levy, Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Education
•Cinia McGough, Sociology, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
•Grace Norden, Exercise and Sports Science, College of Education
•Brittany Price, Psychology, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
•Sherry Sayavongsa, Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Education
•Maci Smith, Exercise and Sports Science, College of Education
•Mariam Turner, Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Education

Graduates Not Present (Spring 2017):
•Abby Booz, Exercise and Sports Science, College of Education
•Jackson Cervi, Exercise and Sports Science, College of Education
•Jocelyn Durrett, Special Education, College of Education
•Lindsey Gruca, Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Education
•Amanda Hand, Special Education, College of Education
•Maria Harding, Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Education
•Caroline Heard, Exercise and Sports Science, College of Education
•Kelsey Jackson, Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Education
•Lauren Langan, Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Education
•Cara Rose Levi, Exercise and Sports Science, College of Education
•Sivan Levy, Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Education
•Carly McDaniel, Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Education
•Mary Wallace Noe, Master of Public Health, UGA Graduate School

Graduates Not Present (Fall 2016):
•Meredith Parrott, HDFS, College of Family and Consumer Sciences
•Emily Patton, HDFS, College of Family and Consumer Sciences
•Christine Smith, Psychology, Franklin College of Arts & Sciences

We are proud of Disability Studies students and Destination Dawgs peer mentors Alyssa Kumle, Kristeen Anninos, Courtney ...
04/13/2017
A day with Destination Dawgs Education program for students with disabilities at UGA finds success in its first semester

We are proud of Disability Studies students and Destination Dawgs peer mentors Alyssa Kumle, Kristeen Anninos, Courtney Rombaut, and Brittany Price for highlighting the importance of full inclusion in our front page story in the Red and Black today!

http://www.redandblack.com/athensnews/a-day-with-destination-dawgs-education-program-for-students-with/article_5ed654b8-1fce-11e7-969a-a73084e3c4d4.html

Justin Mejias and Britta Clark started their Monday on April 10 with yoga and a double chocolate chip frappuccino.

This applies to adults with disabilities as well.
03/15/2017

This applies to adults with disabilities as well.

❤️ this! All behavior is communication. Image via Kristin Wiens #inclusion #spedchat

"There are lots of people different than you, but are fearfully and wonderfully unique. Consider a mental shift–from tre...
02/14/2017
What's So Wrong With A Special Needs Prom - Jen Jones Direct

"There are lots of people different than you, but are fearfully and wonderfully unique. Consider a mental shift–from treating some people as fragile, broken or even special. They are people who have a right to fully participate in their schools and their communities."

Find out what's so wrong about a special needs prom. Take part in the cultural shift that values inclusion over separate but equal services for children.

New Service-Learning Course for UGA Destination Dawgs Peer Mentors!
10/31/2016

New Service-Learning Course for UGA Destination Dawgs Peer Mentors!

Sad news. Keeping Darius' family and friends in our thoughts. http://flagpole.com/news/in-the-loop/rip-darius-weems
10/09/2016
RIP Darius Weems

Sad news. Keeping Darius' family and friends in our thoughts.
http://flagpole.com/news/in-the-loop/rip-darius-weems

Logan Smalley, then a University of Georgia student, organized a trip to California for Weems in 2004, fulfilling the teenager's lifelong dream of traveling across the country, and documented it for the film, which has raised more than $1 million for DMD research. At the time, he had never left home...

Amazing to have such a talented artist and advocate at the AAIDD conference in our state this week!
06/09/2016

Amazing to have such a talented artist and advocate at the AAIDD conference in our state this week!

Lois Curtis drawing portraits at the140th annual AAIDD conference in Atlanta, GA. Lois (LC) helped bring about the Olmstead Decision, which said that unjustified segregation of people with disabilities is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to all of our 2016 Disability Studies Certificate Recipients! We are all so proud of you!
05/12/2016

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to all of our 2016 Disability Studies Certificate Recipients! We are all so proud of you!

Thank you so much, Callie! Congratulations on your graduation and on earning your Disability Studies Certificate. I am p...
05/12/2016

Thank you so much, Callie! Congratulations on your graduation and on earning your Disability Studies Certificate. I am proud to know you!

Dr. Carol Laws has been an incredible source of wisdom, encouragement, and knowledge during my time at UGA all the while managing a very active career. She has been the driving force behind inclusive post-secondary education at UGA, and the program will begin in the Spring of 2017. Dr. Laws has also continued to serve on two national organization leadership boards and one state leadership board while coordinating the Disabilty Studies Program through the Institute on Human Development and Disabilty. Along with my mother and the many female mentors that I have in my life, she is the face of a modern day Wonder Woman. Dr. Laws, you are truly a blessing in the lives of so many, and I am thankful for the impact you have made in mine. For that, you are my Top Dawg! #mytopdawg #uga2016

Come see what diversity looks like here at UGA today in Tate! #DiversityUGA”
04/13/2016

Come see what diversity looks like here at UGA today in Tate! #DiversityUGA”

04/08/2016
Destination Dawgs: Inclusive Education at UGA

Getting closer!

Exciting news! Our application packet for Spring 2017 admission is now available!
Completed packets are due on May 20th, 2016.
See linked packet for additional details and requirements:
http://www.fcs.uga.edu/docs/2017_Destination_Dawgs_Application_Packet_FINAL.pdf

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Both undergraduates graduate students in any program of study at UGA can obtain a Certificate in Disability Studies. Core classes currently include Introduction to Disabilities, Disability Across the Lifespan, Disability in Adulthood, Advocacy Practices in Disability, and Directed Study. Many electives are available and in development. Undergraduates require 15 credits in Disability Studies; graduate students require 18 credits.

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CFP for chapters for my new book project on Discussing Disability. Check it out at: http://www.michaeljeffress.com/discussing-disability-cfp.html. #Disability #DisabilityStudies
Events for FREE in ATHENS! You are invited to two Social Role Valorization Implementation workshops that are sequential and free of charge. These workshops were last held in Georgia in 2012 and are incredible. Please register, and be sure to forward this announcement to others who may be interested. Meaningful Life During the Day Workshop October 2 & 3 What is a Home? Workshop on October 4 in Athens at The Classic Center This two-day “Meaningful Life During the Day” workshop will give some very concrete ideas with which to implement supports for people with significant impact of their disability to have a meaningful day. REGISTER NOW at https://DBHDD.cvent.com/MeaningfulLifeWorkshop2017 (copy and paste into your browser) What is a Home? Workshop designed to facilitate thought and action about “home.” This day of reflection, discussion, and discovery will focus on one of the most important aspect of a good life -- a true home. REGISTER NOW at https://DBHDD.cvent.com/SRV_Whatisahomeworkshop2017 (copy and paste into your browser) A link to the announcement will be posted on the Department's training website athttp://dbhdd.georgia.gov/training-0 Registration Questions? Please email [email protected].