This prototypical disability studies course raises unusual issues of ethics and engagement because of its focus on sensitive, sometimes taboo matters of bodies and minds by autobiographers, physicians, theorists, and artists. These works enhance awareness of disability and human rights and help inculcate an ethic of care, concern, and social activism. The University of Connecticut has made human rights a university priority, enrolling eighty to one hundred students annually in its human rights minor, one of the largest in the country; a human rights major was inaugurated in 2012-13.

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