The University of Hawaii at Manoa offers the Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies, a 15 credit graduate level (master’s, doctoral, and post-doctoral) program sponsored by the Center on Disability Studies (CDS) in the College of Education. CDS also offers both graduate and undergraduate level Disability Studies Courses that can be taken as electives.

Disability and Diversity Studies Courses Spring 2018

Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

DIS 380 Foundations Disability & Diversity

1/8/2017 - 5/11/2017

CRN: 85886 (UHM) & 3234 (EXT) | 3 Credits  | Undergraduate

Instructor: Lauren Ho,

Course Description: Gain a greater awareness of diverse populations and the different ways people learn, identify themselves, and how they see and make sense of the world. By understanding that difference is “normal,” students will increase their sensitivity towards diverse populations.


DIS 382 Accessible Learning Technology 

1/8/2017 - 5/11/2017

CRN: 85885 (UHM) & 3235 (EXT) | 3 Credits  | Undergraduate

Instructor Tom Conway,

Course Description: This course covers U.S. Federal Laws and guidelines, accessible technology, creating accessible instructional media, developing long term resources, advancing accessible social interaction between students and students with instructors, and using case studies as examples of good practices. 


DIS 675D Supporting Multilingual Learners: Math 

1/8/2017 - 5/11/2017

CRN: 88968 (UHM) & 3236 (EXT) | 3 Credits  | Graduate

Instructor: Caryl Hitchcock,

Course Description: Learn strategies for identifying & adopting best practices that support all students in inclusive learning environments with an emphasis on STEM curriculum for English Language Learners; Science for English Language Learners; Technology for English Language Learners; Math for English Language Learners

DIS 680 Disability History Across the Ages 

1/8/2017 - 5/11/2017

CRN: 88969 (UHM) & 3237 (EXT) | 3 Credits  | Graduate

Instructor: Steve Brown,

Course Description: This course provides a historical overview of disability that visits diverse perspectives, attitudes, and treatment toward individuals with disabilities through many centuries, societies, and cultures throughout the world; and how people with disabilities perceived themselves.

DIS 684 Interdisciplinary Team Development

1/8/2017 - 5/11/2017

CRN: 83535 (UHM) & 3238 (EXT) | 3 Credits  | Graduate

Instructor: Kiriko Takahashi,

Course Description: This course provides opportunities for students to develop theoretical and applied family-centered and culturally sensitive approaches to building effective partnerships and facilitating collaborative teams with professionals, persons with disabilities, and their families.

(CANCELLED) DIS 687 Advanced Seminar on Disability Issues (CANCELLED)

(CANCELLED) 1/8/2017 - 5/11/2017 - WED 2:00-3:30pm

CRN: 83160 (UHM) & 3239 (EXT) | 3 Credits  | Graduate

Instructor:  Megan Conway,

Course Description: This seminar course offers in-depth explorations of compelling topics related to the social, political, & economic integration of individuals with disabilities of all ages, their families & allies and professionals working in the field. Students will have the opportunity to plan & deliver their own seminar topic session.