Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An In-depth Examination of Disablism on Councils on Developmental Disabilities
by Seybold, Patricia F., Ph.D., Sullivan University, 2018, 188; 10974348
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative grounded theory research study explored whether there is evidence of disablism on Councils on Developmental Disabilities. Utilizing a semi-structured interview method, this research interviewed executive directors of Councils on Development Disabilities to determine their perceptions of disablism within their individual Councils. The data collection process yielded three conditions and one overarching condition. The overarching condition of communication is an essential component to the three remaining conditions of appointments, accommodation, and culture. The four conditions, while intertwined, are elements that promote or discourage disablism. These conditions led to the emergence of seven themes: a) mindfulness of communication, both verbal and nonverbal; b) involvement in the appointment process; c) perception of accommodations; d) creation of a culture that fosters acceptance, affirmation, and respect; e) equal distribution of power diminishes disablism, (Arnstein, 1969); f) prevention of disablism requires attentiveness; and g) disablism, while seemingly superficial, is evident. Each of these themes led to the development of a new substantive theory regarding disablism on Councils. The key to eliminating disablism is the application of the themes equally to both members with developmental disabilities and members without disabilities. Through such application, no segment of the Council membership would experience discrimination.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wilkin, LaVena
Commitee: Daniel, Teresa A., Sheppard-Jones, Kathleen
School: Sullivan University
Department: Strategic Management
School Location: United States -- Kentucky
Source: DAI-A 80/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Disability studies, Business administration, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Councils on Developmental Disabilities, Disablism, Discrimination
Publication Number: 10974348
ISBN: 978-0-438-54092-7
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