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.
|Commitee:||Leonard-Giesen, Susan, Silk, Ilene|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Disability culture, Disability experience, Identity, Micro-agression|
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