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ERIC Number: ED369208
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-4
Pages: 27
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A Study of Faculty Awareness of Students with Disabilities.
Baggett, David
A survey of 422 faculty and interviews with 11 deans, department heads, and administrators at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst were conducted to determine faculty awareness of disability. At the time of the study, there were approximately 425 individuals with documented disabilities receiving services at the University. These included students with learning disabilities, mobility impairments, visual impairments, and hearing impairments. In the survey, 77 percent of the faculty indicated that they had taught five or fewer students with disabilities during the last 4 years. Many faculty noted that they could identify only students who disclosed their disability. To gain a better understanding of students with disabilities, faculty preferred such resources and interventions as a directory of services, faculty handbook, and campus newspaper articles, rather than workshops and open houses by service providers. Gender differences were also identified. Analysis of the data indicated that respondents lack experience teaching students with disabilities, are unfamiliar with disability rights laws, and are unfamiliar with University services for students with disabilities. Respondents were most familiar with teaching students with learning disabilities. A multimodal approach for increasing faculty awareness of disability is presented. (Contains 18 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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