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ERIC Number: ED528147
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec-20
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
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The Able Privilege Scale: A New Educational Tool
Larson, Alan B.; Choate, Robert O.
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The Able Privilege Scale (APS) is a theoretically derived reflexive instrument that asks participants to assess their level of personal power and privilege in relation to society depending upon the presence, and/or type, of disability. The 23-items on the APS are derived form McIntosh's concept of white privilege (1988) and adapted to reflect disability issues. The APS is administered in a group setting, and preliminary qualitative results show that the group debriefing process increases participants' self-awareness regarding their attitudes toward disability, in general, while at the same time improving empathy for people with disabilities. Participants also report that the APS has high educational value, and there is indication that it may also increase motivation for professional advocacy activities. Currently, the sole use of the APS is as a disability-related social justice educational tool, but it appears to have potential as a more formal assessment. Future research areas are recommended. (Contains 2 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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