The mission of the Center on Disability and Inclusion (CDI) is to conduct applied and empirical disability-related research and develop new initiatives promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of school and society both locally and globally.

In addition to the strategic collaborations of existing centers, the CDI supports academic programs’ work as well as in teacher and leadership development in the disability field.

While maintaining a strong research focus, the CDI also serves community engagement, technical assistance, and advocacy functions through a strategic collaboration of existing centers, including the Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education, the Center on Human Policy and the Inclusion and Communication Initiatives.

The CDI’s work is supported by grant funding from the New York State Department of Education, The Taishoff Family Foundation, ACCES-VR, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Mapping the History of Disability Rights

Syracuse University and the School of Education have been at the forefront of the disability rights and advocacy movement for over 70 years. View a timeline of milestones along this path.

Launch at Orange Central

We officially launched the CDI at an event during Orange Central 2020. Alumni, partners, faculty, students, and friends sent in their congratulations and well wishes: