Rehabilitation Counseling & Disability Sciences

Mission and Objectives


RCDS Mission

The mission of the RCDS program is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families by educating graduate students with the essential skills, knowledge, and dispositions needed to become ethical, responsive, and culturally competent professionals working in the field of human services.

RCDS Program Objectives

The purpose of this program is to prepare professionals to work with the growing population of people with disabilities in the U.S. with an emphasis on contemporary, state of the art research, and assistive technology in disability sciences.

  1. Educate and empower students to advocate for disability rights and support disability justice for clients who belong to other marginalized populations.
  2. Increase the number of high-qualified professionals working with people with disabilities.
  3. Increase the number of students who possess the requisite knowledge and earn credentials to become certified rehabilitation counselors working within the healthcare workforce.