2020 SACAD Entrants

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Empirical- Undergraduate


Students with disabilities, both documented and undisclosed, are increasingly enrolling in higher education. In this study, we examine student experiences with and understandings of accessibility and accommodations in higher education. Student researchers conducted face-to-face focus group discussions on campus with undergraduate students at FHSU. Our results demonstrate that students experience barriers to accessibility and accommodations in terms of diversity and inclusion, resource availability, financial barriers, and comfort. In addition, we argue that exposing students and faculty to the social model of disability would lift the burden of students’ perceived responsibility to disclose and instead inspire them to look to institutional change as a more effective solution. With college campuses continuing to become more diverse than ever before, understanding student experiences with accessibility is key in creating a more inclusive learning environment.