Project Spotlight

Disability Studies Initiative

We ask the Jefferson Trust to give $45,000 over the next three academic years (2017-2020) to support our initiative in disability studies at the University of Virginia. In recent decade, disability studies has emerged as an interdisciplinary field that approaches disability as a political and cultural identity rather than simply as a medical condition. At least 15 percent of people have a disability. Most students here at UVA know someone who is disabled; some have disabled family members or are disabled themselves. Top public universities like Berkeley and UCLA have disability studies minors. We are a group of faculty from different departments and schools who approach disability from a variety of perspectives and aim to establish a rigorous disability studies minor at UVA. A grant from the Jefferson Trust would fund a part-time graduate administrative assistant to coordinate activities (including guest speakers, symposiums, and a film series), equipment, and event costs.

Disability Studies Initiative