ERIC Number: ED480965
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
"My Disability Is Part of Me": Disclosure and Students with Visible Disabilities.
Rocco, Tonette S.
Little research has been done on disability disclosure in education and employment. Instead, most research on disclosure has examined the effect disability has on the comfort level of the able-bodied. In order to explore how an adult with a disability learns to communicate to an instructor or employer what is needed for accommodation, interviews with 8 students with visible disabilities were conducted and analyzed with a constant comparative method to generate grounded theory. The students were asked questions about disclosure in the following areas: comfort level, under what conditions, describing the disability, reactions of others, and coaching or advice received. These five themes emerged: (1) how full disclosure differs individually; (2) how disclosure is a way to lessen tension for both the disabled student and others; (3) how disclosure affirms that the disability is a part of the disabled student; (4) how other people's responses to disability can vary greatly; and (5) how coaching or training on disclosure received through rehabilitation, counseling, and family support can also vary. (Contains 11 references.) (MO)
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Adult Students, Attitudes toward Disabilities, College Faculty, College Students, Disabilities, Interpersonal Communication, Postsecondary Education, Qualitative Research, Rehabilitation Counseling, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Student Adjustment, Student Attitudes, Student Personnel Services, Teacher Student Relationship
For full text: http://www.edst.educ.ubc.ca/aerc/2001/2001rocco.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990