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ERIC Number: EJ1173024
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1034-912X
Undergraduate Students with Nonapparent Disabilities Identify Factors That Contribute to Disclosure Decisions
Thompson-Ebanks, Valerie; Jarman, Michelle
International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, v65 n3 p286-303 2018
The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore the reasons university students with nonapparent disabilities gave for formally disclosing their disability and seeking the university's disability services or not and the consequences they associate with their decisions. Conducted in a Mid-western four-year university, nine students with self-identified nonapparent disabilities participated in the study. Qualitative semistructured interviews were conducted to gather in-depth data from participants. A five-stage approach to qualitative data analysis was adapted to analyse the data. The findings indicate positive experiences with formal disability disclosure, but revealed barriers impeding students' desire to disclose. Recommendations challenge colleges and universities to create an inclusive ethos for all students with disabilities by removing barriers impeding their full participation in academia.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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