Disability & Human Rights Seminar

istockphoto-purchased2ERC87 Disability and Human Rights 

Tuesdays, 1pm in Spring 2017

This freshman seminar introduces students to the broad topic of disability and how people with disabilities have been perceived, defined, and marginalized, as well as acted as advocates and agents of change.  The seminar explores cultural perspectives on disability, the historical treatment of people with disabilities, and the legacy of that treatment.  Students will learn about the struggle for equality and access that people with disabilities have faced and also about organizations that continue to support the effort for equity and inclusion.


In Academic Year 2016-17, Prof. Herbst invites students to volunteer for a monthly outdoor program at UC San Diego, working with friends with developmental disabilities, in partnership with the Arc of San Diego.

In Academic Year 2017-18, students can participate in MMW Serves over spring break to improve inclusion and access on the Navajo Reservation.

IMG_3448In 2013 and 2014, Professors Matthew Herbst and Lisa Porter taught a seminar on disability & Turkish history and took the class to Istanbul to volunteer with disability-related NGOs and schools:  Türk Anneler Derneği Özel Eğitim ve Rehabilitasyon Merkezi in Florya, Özel Eğitim Merkezi in Yeşilköy, İTO Özel Eğitim Merkezi in Bağcılar, Istanbul University, and İnsan Toplum ve Teknoloji Derneği.

IMG_3495These programs were personally and pedagogically meaningful, kindling student interest in Turkish culture and inspiring a commitment to work for the inclusion of peoples with disabilities around the world

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