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ERIC Number: EJ1123800
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Digital Media Education and Advocacy: Addressing Attitudes toward Disability on College Campuses
Hartley, Michael T.; Mapes, Aimee C.; Taylor, Aryn; Bourgeois, Paul J.
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v29 n3 p239-247 Fall 2016
As digital information becomes the preferred mode of communication, media applications have become an emerging context to address attitudes toward disability. This practice brief details digital media as one method to critically frame ableism on college campuses, promoting a more inclusive campus environment. Coordinated by the disability service office, faculty affiliated with a campus-wide disability collaborative used a Disability Studies framework to design a general education course that critiqued the social construction of disability in the media. Following the course, interviews with eight students illustrated the relevance of the curriculum as it sponsored emergent awareness and understanding of ableism. In particular, it became evident that exposure to first-person narratives of disability via social media were fundamental. Implications address how colleges and universities can use emergent digital media applications as a method to promote an undergraduate culture that is more welcoming to disability.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona
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