Disability Studies Program


The Yang-Tan Institute and Cornell University offer a wide array of courses focused on all aspects of disability. They afford interested students the opportunity to examine the experience of persons with disabilities across all domains of life, but focus primarily on their human rights and inequalities. This field of study is becoming increasingly important, because one in four households in the United States are now impacted by disability.

Project Activities

  • ILR LR 1200: Introduction to Disability Studies (Fall, 3 Credits)
  • ILR LR 2010/5010: Labor and Employment Law (Fall and Spring, 3 Credits)
  • ILR LR 2060: Writing Seminar in Law - Disability and Ethics (Fall, 3 Credits)*
  • ILR LR 2060: Writing Seminar in Law - Intersections of Disability Identity in the Law, Workplace, and Society (Spring, 3 Credits)*
  • ILR LR 2060: Writing Seminar in Law - Perspectives on Disability (Spring, 3 Credits)*
  • ILR LR 4023: Disability and Employment Policy (Spring, 7-weeks, 2 Credits)
  • ILR LR 4033: Disability Law (Spring, 4 Credits)
  • ILR LR 4035: Intersectionality in Disability Studies (Spring, 4 Credits)
  • ILR IC 4360: Global Comparative Disability Policy (Fall, 4 Credits)
  • ILR HR 4567: Workplace Disability Inclusion: Innovations and Initiatives (Autism at Work) (Fall, 7-weeks, 2 Credits)
  • ILR HR 6410: Disability Considerations in Human Resource Policy and Practice (Spring, 7-weeks, 2 Credits)

* Designates an ILR Sophomore Writing Seminar open only to ILR sophomores and new transfers, students may take only one of these writing seminars



Contact Information

Kate MacDowell
Email: kkm74@cornell.edu

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