Law provides an introduction to areas of U.S. domestic law and policy that
address the civil rights, needs, and treatment of persons with disabilities.
The course incorporates a brief overview and discussion of international
disability law, specifically the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities. The course also incorporates critical theory from Law and related
disciplines addressing the politics, experience, and social conception of
disability. Sub-topics include historical and Constitutional foundations, basic
premises and content of disability civil rights doctrine, housing, education,
benefits, employment, public and community participation, healthcare, civil
commitment, mental illness in the criminal justice system, and efforts to
address "disablement" --i.e. the physically and psychologically
disabling effects of social inequity.