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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The disability experience: How is identity created for those living with a disability?
by Falcone, Catie, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 56; 10261290
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative study was to determine how a non-disabled person’s age, experience, and exposure to media or entertainment helped them to establish identity for those living with a disability. Questionnaire answers were collected over a forty-five day period through an electronic 16-item questionnaire. Participants for this study were determined based on their affiliation or due to a lack of affiliation to the education profession. The questionnaire was designed to generate answers that correlated with three models of disability. Findings were established using a Framework analysis. Findings of the study indicated that personal experience with people living with a disability correlated with a greater understanding of another’s individual identity. However, on a macro level larger society still has very limited and constricting language for discourse on people living with disabilities.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hansuvadha, Nat
Commitee: Leonard-Giesen, Susan, Silk, Ilene
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Teacher Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Special education
Keywords: Disability culture, Disability experience, Identity, Micro-agression
Publication Number: 10261290
ISBN: 978-1-369-68533-6
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