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Administratively housed within the Disability Resource Center, the collaborative strives to implement curricula and programming informed by Disability Studies, and to pursue a research agenda driven by Disability Studies’ concepts.
Priorities of the Collaborative, while specific to disability, parallel those found in the University's 2012-2016 Five year Strategic Plan, focusing on academic excellence; access and success, and; quality of life and societal impact. Specifically, the Disability Studies Collaborative works to:
- Create, strengthen, and support disability-related research, education, practice, and service through collaborations across departments and programs, both within and across colleges, and campuses.
- Create synergies and leverage resources in the University’s recognized areas of expertise.
- Create a culture that supports the success of all members of the University community.
- Include national and international perspectives, policies, literature, culture, and history with an aim of placing current ideas about disability within their broadest possible context.
- Augment understanding of disability in all cultures and historical periods, and contribute to social change.
- Inform public policies, practices, service delivery systems, educational institutions and applied fields.