UCD Centre for Disability Studies

The Centre for Disability Studies was established in 2002 with the appointment of the NDA Chair in Disability Studies at University College Dublin and joined The School of Psychology within The College of Social Sciences in September 2005.

The Centre is dedicated to the emerging field of disability studies, a multi- and inter-disciplinary area of research, teaching, training, and practice that aims to develop a better understanding of disability. This includes looking at the nature of disability (both historically and currently), the impact of disability on people with disabilities, their families and wider social context, and how services can met the needs and maximise the potential of people with disabilities and their families.

Research is a core activity of the Centre and we have been involved in a number of national and international studies into various aspects of disability. However much of our activity in this area focuses on applied topics and issues that have very practical implications for people with disabilities, their families and service providers. We are interested in the way in which research can inform practice in real world settings.