The purpose of the study was to explore the perceptions of university students with disabilities and the factors that contribute to or deter them from accessing Disabled Student Services. The sample was based on availability and convenience and consisted of 36 students. A self-administered survey was used.
The results indicated that students tended to seek services to access accommodations and to learn more about services that can help them succeed. They tended to delay seeking services in order to have a fresh start in college and due to their fear of stigma. Individuals with mental health disabilities were less likely than other students to report self-determination and support and more likely to experience stigma.
Social workers can play a vital role in assisting students with disabilities in identifying their specific barriers and in assisting them to access programs and services in a postsecondary education setting.
|Advisor:||Potts, Marilyn K.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Physical therapy, Social work, Public policy, Higher education|
|Keywords:||Access, Disabilities, Disabled student services, Post-secondary, Student perceptions, Students|
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