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The Disability Studies website provides a forum and focal point for Disability Studies at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. It is one of the components of the embryonic Unit for Disability Studies within the Department of Behavioural Sciences. The Unit consists of teaching, research and public information.

Background:

In 2004, the Social Work Unit of the Department of Behavioural Sciences held a Think-tank on the integration of persons with disabilities. This project initiated the development of Social Disabilities Studies at The University of the West Indies, with a new elective in Social Disability Studies, which all University students can undertake, being introduced in the Social Work Unit. The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to Disability Studies for students who wish to examine disability using theoretical frames and to understand policy development in this area.

The Social Disability Studies course is designed to sensitize students to the marginalization and discrimination experienced by the disabled within an nonadaptive society, and it examines the interaction of persons with disabilities within the existing political, social, cultural and legal system.

The Disabilities Unit also has  strong research agenda, and has conducted seminars on disability, as well as research on the integration of persons with disabilities into society, among other areas.

Aims of the programme

The aims of the programme are:

  1. To promote inclusiveness amongst our diverse population.
  2. To assist in helping others appreciate the range of abilities that we all possess.
  3. To assist in helping the University’s campus to be better prepared for the students with disabilities who are currently part of the student body and the anticipated increase in such students on the campus.

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