The Center for Research on Ability and Disability (C4RAD) is a center in the Attallah College of Educational Studies at Chapman University, directed by Don Cardinal, Ph.D., Professor. The C4RAD closely collaborates with the Thompson Policy Institute on Disability and Autism, serving as its direct service arm. C4RAD and TPI share the same outlook on disability and work together to focus on what people can do and how all people can live productive and quality lives.
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 law and policy and most importantly, people’s 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 acts to bring about change and, in collaboration with TPI, conducts research to inform policy-makers on critical issues facing people with disabilities, their families, and society overall. Take a look at some of the collaborative research.