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U of Toledo Launches First Full Undergraduate Major in Disability Studies

The University of Toledo is starting the nation’s first full undergraduate major in disability studies, an interdisciplinary field that already has considerable scholarly interest and graduate options. A generation or two ago, students interested in disabilities “had to invent our own programs,” finding faculty members in various disciplines who had an interest in the subject, said Jim Ferris, the Ability Center of Greater Toledo Endowed Chair in Disability Studies. Creating formal major programs — which he expects other colleges to do — will attract more students, and those who go on to graduate study will have a firmer base in the field, Ferris said.