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Publication Date

Summer 2010

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




David Asquith


Disabilities, Higher Education, Self-advocacy, Sociology

Subject Areas

Sociology, General; Education, Special


Using social constructionist theories, this research explored how students' demographics and environmental influences affected the use of self-advocacy as a tool to succeed in higher education. Having discovered patterns in the analysis correlating gender and ethnicity to the use of self-advocacy, this research discusses the need for a greater awareness of the individual within the disability paradigm. Findings from this study can be utilized to assist those providing accommodations and services to students with disabilities at all levels of education, particularly university faculty, staff, and professors, and will ultimately benefit future students with disabilities.