Rehabilitation and Disability Services (B.S.)

Why Study Rehabilitation and Disability Services at NIU?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of every five adults has a disability. That means the demand for professionals skilled in providing services to individuals and families has increased. The need for rehabilitation counselors has increased so much that over 95 percent of our program graduates find work in the field within six months.

Careers with a Rehabilitation and Disability Services Degree

Rehabilitation counselors help people with disabilities live independently. As a graduate with this degree, you may find careers as:

  • Job placement specialists
  • Employment specialists / job coaches
  • Career counselors
  • Independent living specialists
  • Life-care planners
  • Case managers
  • Substance abuse counselors

Rehabilitation and Disability Services Faculty

Our faculty work to find solutions for those with disabilities and share their findings both inside and outside the classroom. They conduct research in areas including accessibility for students with disabilities, assistive technology and emergency preparedness and persons with disabilities.

Visit our Faculty and Staff Directory to learn more about the professionals who will be your instructors, helping you gain valuable knowledge in rehabilitation and disability services.

Hands-on Learning Opportunities

As a Rehabilitation and Disabilities Services student you may participate in the Rehabilitation Counseling Student Association, a group whose purpose is to increase awareness of the rehabilitation counseling professions and disability matters at NIU and surrounding communities. They participate in fundraising, community outreach and advocacy activities.
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