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The Center for Research on Ability and Disability (RAD) is a center in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University, directed by Don Cardinal, Ph.D., Professor.The RAD Center seeks to understand the ability within the socially constructed notion of disability through research, policy and action.

About the Center
Disability is both a perception and a reality. Some rightfully argue that any discussion of disability only serves to disregard or minimize the person labeled. Others suggest that what most call a disability is simply human variation (see discussion on neurodiversity.) Regardless of the argument, how we view the social construct called disability impacts laws and policy and most importantly, lives.

There is growing evidence that the social construct of disability itself is disabling, creating a sense that people have limitations that may or may not actually be present. The Center for Research on Ability and Disability will investigate this phenomena, draw attention to its findings and if warranted, help to identify and promote social and professional behavior and programs which serve to mitigate the restricting effects on those who are characterized as different. Every attempt will be made to understand and collaborate with self-advocates who offer a perspective that is grossly under-represented in the professional literature.

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