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Engaging Students with Disabilities
Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations (2015)
  • Kirsten R Brown
  • Ellen Broido, Bowling Green State University - Main Campus
Abstract

Students with disabilities are a rapidly growing, yet historically underrepresented population in postsecondary education. Historically underrepresented groups share a common experience: all faced unwelcoming environments when initially entering higher education (Hall & Belch, 2000). Ableism (the oppression of people with disabilities) plays a powerful role in shaping the way student with and without disabilities experience the educational environments, because “[b]y assuming one normative way to do things (move, speak, learn, and so forth), society privileges those who carry out these functions as prescribed and oppresses those who use other methods” (Evans, Forney, Guido, Patton & Renn, 2010, p. 242). To create engaging environments for students with disabilities, we need to identify and address ways in which ableism shapes the experiences of members of our campus communities.

Keywords
  • Student Affairs,
  • Disability,
  • Engaging Students,
  • Higher Education
Publication Date
2015
Editor
S. Harper and S. Quaye
Publisher
Routledge
Citation Information
Kirsten R Brown and Ellen Broido. "Engaging Students with Disabilities" New York: NYStudent Engagement in Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kirsten_r_brown/4/