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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.

  • The Center on Human Policy
    The Center on Human Policy at Syracuse University is internationally recognized as one of the world's leading sites for disability policy research. Steeped in a long tradition extending back to its founder Burton Blatt, the Center on Human Policy continues their groundbreaking work on behalf of and with individuals with disabilities.
  • Syracuse University Parent Advocacy Center (SUPAC)
    SUPAC is an organization that promotes meaningful parent involvement in the inclusive education of children with disabilities in the Mid-State region of New York State.
  • Mid-State Early Chilldhood Direction Center (ECDC)
    The Mid-State Early Child Development Center serves Cayuga, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego Counties with a plethora of resources, supports, and training. The Center often acts as a bridge between parents and professionals. The staff matches children to the appropriate professionals to fit their needs.