NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
PDF on ERIC Download full text
ERIC Number: EJ943697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
Facing Challenges: Experiences of Young Women with Disabilities Attending a Canadian University
Erten, Ozlem
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v24 n2 p101-114 2011
This qualitative study examines the perspectives of students with disabilities studying at a postsecondary institution in Canada. Seven female students, five of them with learning disabilities, participated in focus group meetings and shared their experiences of studying at a university. Both individual characteristics, such as disability-specific needs, and contextual factors, including attitudes of faculty members and peers, were reported as barriers affecting students' full participation to university life. Participants reported that the Office for Students with Disabilities acted as an important support mechanism at the overall school-level. Findings indicate that postsecondary institutions should support students with disabilities not only by providing accommodations but also by addressing hidden attitudinal barriers to enable equal participation opportunities for all. Some recommendations for creating a barrier-free school community are made based on the suggestions of the participants. (Contains 1 table.)
Association on Higher Education and Disability. 107 Commerce Center Drive Suite 204, Huntersville, NC 28078. Tel: 704-947-7779; Fax: 704-948-7779; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada