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Minor in Disabilities Studies: Other Education and Career Opportunities

Where can I get information about other education and career opportunities related to disabilities studies?

The College of Education and Human Development offers a minor in Disabilities Studies, with courses taught by faculty from across the university. The minor in Disabilities Studies provides a unique interdisciplinary opportunity for undergraduate students to learn about the policies, services, and systems that support the full participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life. Students from a variety of majors benefit from a greater understanding of disabilities professionally and personally.

Where can I get information about other education and career opportunities related to disabilities studies?

Students in the Minor will receive several e-mails each semester about current volunteer, education, and career opportunities for interested students.  Additionally, students are encouraged to check out the following resources.


American Association of Persons with Disabilities (AAPD) Summer internships

Each year, the American Association of People with Disabilities hosts two Washington, DC Summer Internship Programs for undergraduate college students with disabilities, awarding living stipends, paid travel to and from DC, and paid fully-accessible housing on the campus of George Washington University.  For more information: http://www.aapd.com/what-we-do/employment/internship-program

Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars

The Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program brings talented college seniors and recent graduates to Washington, D.C., where they are placed in congressional offices and learn about health policy issues, with a focus on issues affecting racial and ethnic minority and underserved communities. Through the ten-week program (May 23, 2011 through August 6, 2011), Scholars gain knowledge about federal legislative procedure and health policy issues, while further developing their critical thinking and leadership skills. In addition to gaining experience in a congressional office, Scholars participate in seminars and site visits to augment their knowledge of health care issues, and write and present a health policy research memo that addresses a problem of concern to disadvantaged populations. For more information: http://www.kff.org/minorityhealth/bjscholars/index.cfm

Rusk Institute Health Career Opportunity Program (summer)

"The Health Career Opportunity Program consists of three four-week internships that provide students with a hands-on clinical experience and exposure to the diversity and variety of health professions.The HCOP is unique because it offers students the opportunity to receive an intense experience in one specific health field and also explore other health professions."  Internship areas include:  Psychology Research; Language, Cultural & Disability Services; Recreational Therapy; Nursing; Rehabilitation Medicine; Occupational Therapy; Social Work; Patient & Family Education; Speech Pathology; Physical Therapy; Vocational Counseling; and others. Deadline for applying is early February. For more

information:  http://rusk.med.nyu.edu/health-career-opportunity-program

We Connect Now

Dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues. For more information:   http://weconnectnow.wordpress.com


Daniel and Lois Gray Memorial Scholarship

The Daniel and Lois Gray Memorial Scholarship (funded by the Autism Society of Delaware) is available for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in special education, psychology, linguistics or speech pathology with a special interest in people with autism. The scholarship is worth $1,000. Please note that financial need is given consideration, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required, and preference is given to Autism Society of Delaware members or relatives of members. The deadline is usually in January. Applications and more information can be found on the Autism Society of Delaware's website: www.delautism.org.

Swank Human Services Disabilities Scholarships

The Howard W. Swank, Alma K. Swank, and Richard Kemper Swank Foundation award Swank Human Services Disabilities Scholarships Human Services majors with Disabilities Studies minors in their Sophomore years who are concentrating their studies in disabilities services. The Scholarship will cover tuition, books, fees, and related expenses for their Junior and Senior years, up to $18,000 per student. For more information:  http://www.hdfs.udel.edu/content/swank-scholarships

David A. Plastino Scholars Program 
The Plastino Scholars Program awards study grants to selected undergraduate students at the University of Delaware who exhibit extraordinary talent, promise and imagination. The grants support self-designed, off-campus learning experiences that make a transformational difference in the lives of Plastino Scholars and enable them to pursue a passionate interest to a degree not otherwise possible. Normally, four Plastino Scholars will be awarded each year. The amount of each award will depend on the nature of the experience proposed. Except in unusual circumstances, the maximum individual award will be $6,000. For more information: http://www.cas.udel.edu/plastino-scholars/Pages/default.aspx

American Association on Health & Disability (AAHD) Scholarship Program

The mission of the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is to contribute to national, state, and local efforts to promote health and wellness in people with disabilities and identify effective intervention strategies that reduce health disparities between people with disabilities and the general population. AAHD Scholarships support students with disabilities who are pursuing higher education. Preference will be given to students who plan to pursue undergraduate/graduate studies in the field of public health, health promotion, disability studies, to include disability policy and disability research. Scholarships will be limited to under $1,000.

For more information: http://www.aahd.us/initiatives/scholarship-program

Undergraduate Research at UD

Undergraduate Research Office
offers a wide variety of research opportunities for UD students. The particular program that students decide to participate in depends on their year in school, research interests, what time of year they want to begin doing research, and how much time they want to spend on their research. There are opportunities available for every undergraduate, from the first-year student who wants to simply begin volunteering to the highly-motivated senior who wants to pursue research in order to complete a thesis. For more information: http://www.urp.udel.edu

Summer Scholar's Program
The University offers awards, usually to sophomore and juniors, to engage in research with a faculty member. Each Scholar receives a stipend and a summer housing allowance. Applications are usually due in early March. Scholars work on their projects full-time for ten weeks in the summer and continue to pursue their research for three credits in the following academic year. The research completed during the academic year may be part of the senior thesis for the Degree with Distinction or Honors Degree with Distinction. For more information, students should consult the Undergraduate Research Program webpage at http://urp.udel.edu/content/overview-summer-scholars-program.


Through the UD Center for Disabilities Studies, Minor students have access to the nationwide network of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).  Minor students are considered “trainees” by AUCD and have access to a variety of national resources as described on this website for trainees: http://www.aucd.org/template/page.cfm?id=313

You can also connect with AUCD Trainee page on Facebook

Additional information  about disability and the AUCD network is available in the AUCD training handbook at http://www.aucd.org/docs/councils/ntdc/2012_0824_handbook.pdf


Other Academic Programs and Resources in Disabilities Studies

The AUCD website also has a page that will link you to a variety of resources in the field of disability studies, including academic programs for undergraduates, graduates, and professionals. For more information:   http://www.aucd.org/template/page.cfm?id=527

Other UD Disability-Related Special Interest Groups

Sports Club for You

Sports Club for YOU (SCY) is an inclusive progrm inspired by the Sports Club for Children with Asperger Syndrome (SCAS).  It provides youth with and without disabilities between ages 6 and 18 years with an opportunity to develop their sports skills, physical fitness, socialize, and learn about sports in a positive environment. For more information about volunteering: http://www.adaptedde.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=35&Itemid=48 

Student Council for Exceptional Children

SCEC provides students from all majors with the opportunity to plan and deliver activities for students with disabilities, and to have membership in a professional organization that is committed to improving educational outcomes for students with exceptionalities. Contact Dr. Gary Allison, 017 Willard Hall, 831-4217, gsa@udel.edu.  

Best Buddies Delaware

Best Buddies is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information: http://www.bestbuddiesdelaware.org 


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For more information

Laura Eisenman, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Education

Mary Thomas, program admionistrative coordinator