Illustration of the six community members who pioneered how disability was studied at Syracuse University. Illustration by Bridget Overby | The Daily Orange
Illustration of the six community members who pioneered how disability was studied at Syracuse University. Illustration by Bridget Overby | The Daily Orange

Before it even had a name, advocacy has been interwoven into SU’s Disability Studies program

When SU’s School of Education established its Disability Studies program 30 years ago in 1994, it was the first of its kind nationally.


Mercy Xie, a student in the Syracuse University Disability Law and Policy Program, said she has familiarized herself with two major models of disability: the medical model and the social model. As put by Xie, the difference is that the medical model makes a disabled person’s body the issue while the social model makes the lack of accommodations in society the issue. Read more…


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