The University of Toledo’s disability studies program is

helping students and the community understand the full spectrum of human diversity.

of Dr. Kim Nielsen holding Oxford Handbook

The University of Toledo has the first disability studies bachelor’s degree program of its kind in the country.

of Dr. Kim Nielsen holding Oxford Handbook

Driving the dialogue about disability studies

The University of Toledo has the first disability studies bachelor’s degree program of its kind in the country. The program has nearly tripled its enrollment since inception.


Dr. Kim Nielsen, professor and disability studies program director, is co-editor and contributor to “The Oxford Handbook of Disability History.” The book is the first of its kind to represent the global scale and legitimacy of disability history.


Dr. Nielsen also will serve as a Fulbright specialist in Germany in spring 2019 to share her expertise in disability studies.


Dr. Jim Ferris, UToledo professor and past president of the Society for Disability Studies, has been named The Ability Center of Greater Toledo’s endowed chair in disability studies.