About UMinDS

Disability Studies views disability as a political and cultural identity, not simply as a medical condition. Disability is not solely a set of physical or mental differences but the product of an interaction between physical and cultural environments shaping the perception and experience of different capacities.

The goal of UMInDS is to be an academic flagship program to advance knowledge about, by, and for people with disabilities and to promote their full and equal participation in academia and society. UMInDS works to broaden thinking about diversity in higher education in order to include disability. We fulfill our goals through graduate teaching and through innovative programming.

UMinDS history document: The Beginnings of UMInDS – Collaboration Across Domains