Date of Award

5-24-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology and University Honors

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Jewls Griesmeyer Krentz

Subjects

Discrimination against people with disabilities, College students with disabilities -- Qualtiative studies, College students with disabilities -- Services for, People with disabilities -- Psychology

DOI

10.15760/honors.824

Abstract

Higher education has been historically ableist based on the exclusivity of academia. This qualitative study describes how the identity of students with disabilities changes through academia. The study included semi-structured interviews with four students with disabilities who are registered with the Disability Resource Center at PSU University. Narrative inquiry revealed how the students’ experience in academia revealed the infrastructure, ableism, accessibility, and classroom climate. The social model of disability provided the theoretical framework throughout the study. The social model of disability identifies how the environmental, social factors, and attitudes towards a person with an impairment prevents them from achieving equity. The implications of this study are that, through the support of Disability Resource Centers on college campuses, students with disabilities do not have to face the barriers and restraint of academic ableism alone.

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/30634

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