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Certificate in Disability Inclusion and Accessible Design


The Online Certificate in Disability Inclusion and Accessible Design (DIAD) is designed for social workers and other professionals who are interested in developing skills and sharpening their lens related to disability inclusion, and who strive to make their practice more accessible to and relevant for people with disabilities. The program faculty includes scholars, activists, and others working on the frontlines of disability inclusion and accessibility. Participants will learn about pertinent policy issues affecting people with disabilities, anti-ableist language and practices, accessible interpersonal clinical practice skills, disability inclusive community organizing skills, how to create inclusive management structures and organizational policies, among other topics. Participants will also receive training on American Disability Act (ADA) guidelines, understand the limitations of ADA standards, and gain the knowledge and skills to evaluate and assess built environments and institutional policies for ADA compliance and beyond.


  • Describe how disability inclusion aligns with social work values and ethics.
  • Create more accessible and inclusive learning experiences and environments.
  • Assess, evaluate, and make recommendations to modify built and social infrastructure to be more accessible for people with an array of disabilities.
  • Identify issues, stressors, and stigmatization that caregivers face and identify strategies to support them.
  • Describe how racism, sexism, gender violence, and other forms of oppression intersect to compound oppression faced by people with disabilities and additional marginalized identities.
  • Describe ways to create a more accessible interpersonal practice for people with disabilities.
  • Describe the "circle of friends" approach to supporting people with disabilities.
  • Create more accessible and inclusive organizational environments through culture-building, policies, and practices.
  • Identify strategies to be more inclusive of people with disabilities in community organizing and advocacy efforts.
  • Describe how racism and anti-Blackness is intrinsically linked and perpetuated by ableism.
  • Describe how the Americans with Disabilities Act impacts the lives of people with disabilities.
  • Explain how specific local, state, and federal policies and programs impact people with disabilities.
  • Identify areas in which the Americans with Disabilities act could be strengthened.
  • Describe how ableism impacts older adults with disabilities, elder law, and elder advocacy.
  • Explain the need for body-positive and sex-positive representations that are inclusive of people with disabilities.
  • Define ableism and describe how it harms people with disabilities and others.
  • Apply disability inclusion principles in practice.
  • Identify appropriate and inappropriate language and "normative behaviors" when describing with people with disabilities, disability culture, and the movement for disability justice.

Self-Paced Agenda

Expected DurationDescription
self-pacedLanguage & Norms
self-pacedDisability Justice 101
self-pacedIntersectionality: Disability & Racial Justice
self-pacedDisability, Gender, and Sexual Violence
self-pacedDisability & Sexuality
self-pacedDisability Microaggressions
self-pacedDisability, Social Work, and Inclusive Communities
self-pacedDisability & Policy
self-pacedAccessibility and the Built Environment
self-pacedAccessible Design: Evaluating Built Environment & Programs
self-pacedDisability Inclusion in Organizational Management
self-pacedDisability Inclusion in Community Organizing
self-pacedAccessible Teaching and Facilitation
self-pacedCreating a More Accessible Interpersonal Practice
self-pacedElder Justice & the Law
self-pacedEthical Issues in Disability Justice
self-pacedQ&A with Certificate Directors
hybrid certificate program

CE Contact Hours

  • 1 ethics asynchronous online
  • 16 regular asynchronous online
  • 1 regular live interactive online

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