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The skills to envision an inclusive world.

The tools to create it.

Blending courses from across campus, we define disability as a social phenomenon that touches everyone and helps us understand how societies work. We put the voices and experiences of people with disabilities front and center. We think about how ableism (anti-disability prejudice) operates in different nations and how disability intersects with other forms of identity like gender, class, nationality, and race in complex and varied patterns. We study all kinds of bodymind variations, whether visible or invisible. We uncover lost histories.

While housed in the English Department, the minor is open to all UO majors and encompasses a wide span of fields across the social sciences, arts, humanities, and professional schools. Many of our courses also count for General Education requirements. You’ll gain direct contact with disability communities through a large menu of innovative fieldwork options.

We prepare you for the growing range of disability-related careers through knowledge specific to professions. We put you in touch with working professionals in fields like international development, health professions, design, sign language interpreting, education, and non-profit management.

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UO Product Design Students Win Adaptive Wetsuit Competition

In 2016, adaptive surfer and Paralympian Ann Yoshida came to the Sports Product Design Program at the University of Oregon in Portland looking for a partner to develop better-performing products for disabled surfers.

“Athletes like Ann are [great teachers] to our students. They challenge us with real ‘wicked problems’ and push us to think beyond what has already been done in the sports product innovation space,” said Director of the UO’s Sports Product Design Program Susan Sokolowski.

As sports product designers, UO students Natasha Anand, Drew McGrath, and Nick Cantrell see the