Disability Studies News and Events


We graduated 17 students with a disability studies minor in May 2017! Best of luck to you all.

DS 100 is being offered in the Summer term A of 2018. In Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, DS 100 will be offered as a face to face class. The course is open to first and second year students. More advanced students may seek permission of the instructors to enroll.

DS400: Capstone in Disability Studies will be offered Fall 2018 and Spring 2019.

Disability Awareness Club. This club was created to raise awareness about disabilities and the inaccessibility of the environment. If you are interested in getting involved with the DAC club, contact Julie Price at jp2542@ship.edu.

Great College Deals listed Shippensburg University's disability studies program as #12 in the nation on their list of 'The 20 Best Deals on College for Disability Studies.' Check out the article! http://www.theslateonline.com/article/2017/02/su-beats-other-schools-for-disability-studies

The Disability Awareness Club won a 2017 campus life award for diversity development!

Dr. Matthew Cella published a book called Disability and the Environment in American Literature: Toward an Ecosomatic Paradigm (Ecocritical Theory and Practice)

Old Main Chapel now has a new accessibility lift for the stage. The lecture hall in Rowland now has a ramp to allow easier access to the stage. 



On Monday, April 2 at 6:00 P.M. in the Tuscarora Room, there will be an Inclusive Party - Beach Blast hosted by People Involved Equally and Inclusive Basketball. Come to this event to enjoy games, snacks, and socialization. 

On Friday, April 13 from 8:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. in the CUB, Shippensburg University will be hosting the 2018 Social Inclusion and Social Justice Conference. The theme of the conference is Intersectionality. The cost for students to attend the entire conference is $15. However, students may attend one session of the conference at no charge. Please visit this link if you wish to register: http://www.ship.edu/insinc/need_to_know_information_2018_conference/
Two sessions from the conference that relate to disability are..

  • "Parent Activism and the Disability Rights Movement: A study of organizational diversity" Presented by Allison Carey, Pam Bloack, and Richard Scotch. This will be in CUB 103 from 10:10 - 11:20 A.M.
  • "Ageism and the Cumulative Effects on Willingness to Work with Older Adults" Presented by Samuel Forlenza, Dara Bourassa, Michael Lyman, and Michelle Coughlin. This session will be in CUB 105 from 2:45 - 3:55 P.M.

On Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 A.M., The Arc will be hosting a 5K run to support the Nathan Tappen Memorial Scholarship. The walk also has a 1 mile walk option and will be located at Shippensburg Township Park/Cumberland Valley Rails-to-trails. Register online at timberhilltiming.com 

On Monday, April 16 from 6:30-7:30 P.M. in Shippen Hall 224, the Gerontology Minor is hosting guest speaker, Bernard Showers. Bernard Showers is a 2010 graduate of Shippensburg University's MSW program and is now a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. His talk will discuss older veterans and mental health issues. 

On Wednesday, April 18 at 7:15 P.M. in the CUB MPR A, The Disability Awareness Club is hosting a Paint Nite event where participants will be painting butterflies while learning about Turner Sydrome, which is a rare medical condition.

On Tuesday, April 24 from 6:30-8:00 P.M. in CUB 103, There will be a student panel at the Minds @ Work Conference. The student panel will be presenting Sociological Examinations of Disability.