ERIC Number: ED454674
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students with Disabilities: Focus Group Discussions on Supports and Barriers in Lifelong Learning.
National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports, Honolulu, HI.
A study investigated the experiences and perceptions of incoming, current, and former students with disabilities regarding access to and participation in postsecondary programs, educational supports available and effective for students with disabilities, and how well postsecondary experiences prepare students with disabilities for employment. Ten focus groups of students with physical, sensory, cognitive, emotional, and learning disabilities participated in the study. Students came from different universities and from ethnic backgrounds that included African American, Native American, Native Alaskan, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian. Findings indicate: (1) disability support providers are committed and supportive; (2) students long for a partnership between disability services on campus, university administration, and the students themselves; (3) disability policy at postsecondary institutions does not reflect practice, and students still need to fight for basic accommodations; (4) students feel their lives are micromanaged by support services; (5) peers often question the accommodations given to students with disabilities; (6) students with disabilities are reluctant to self-disclose to faculty; (7) family plays an important and supportive role for students with disabilities, even though family can also be over protective; and (8) computers are important learning tools for students with disabilities. (Contains 27 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), College Students, Cultural Differences, Disabilities, Employment, Family Influence, Focus Groups, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Peer Acceptance, Peer Relationship, Student Attitudes, Student Personnel Services
National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports (NCSPES), University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 1776 University Ave. UA 4-6, Honolulu, HI 96822. Tel: 808-956-3975; Web site: http://www.rrtc.hawaii.edu.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports, Honolulu, HI.
Note: Sponsored by The Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities, U.S. Department of Labor.