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Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies

The Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies (CHPLDS) is an expansion of the Center on Human Policy, which was founded by Dr. Burton Blatt in 1971. Today, the CHPLDS is widely known as a research leader in disability policy, the sociology of disability, and other areas of disability studies.  

The Center is a network of academic programs, centers, student organizations, and affiliated faculty whose research, teaching, and advocacy seeks to promote the rights of people with disabilities locally, nationally, and globally, and to facilitate a critical examination of disability as an aspect of diversity in society.

The interdisciplinary focus of the center locates disability as something that transcends disciplinary categorization, but rather as a complex phenomenon as part of the human life cycle.

View a complete timeline of SU’s milestones in disability programs (PDF).

Click here to be taken to the Disability Studies at SU website.