Chase Anderson, MD, MS, left, assistant professor in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He visits the UCSF Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry Building with his colleague and mentor Caitlin Costello, MD, associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

We strive to reframe perceptions around disability from a deficit to a strength-based framework that values disability perspectives, lived experiences, and expertise.  We take an intersectional approach to our work and recognize that disability intersects with other aspects of identity, including race/ethnicity, gender identity, age, class, and other characteristics.

Our office works in conjunction with the Office of Diversity and Outreach’s Anti-Racism Initiative to promote positive systemic change related to the intersections of disability and race (and other intersections of identity) by aiming towards alignment with the Disability Justice Framework authored by Sins Invalid (Skin, Tooth, and Bone: The Basis of Movement is Our People. Sins Invalid. 1st ed., 2016.).

One way that we accomplish this enhanced disability access and inclusion at UCSF is through the creation of a Disability Resource Center (DRC). The DRC aims to provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for learners, staff, and faculty with disabilities and their allies to build community and learn about disability identity and culture. To learn more, visit the Disability Resource Center page.