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Abstract Title: Beyond Disability as Weakness: Perspectives from Students with Disabilities
Abstract: Societal views on disability, largely based on the "able-bodied" perspective, often align with the medical model of disability, which focuses on disability as a deficit or flaw in need of a solution. The social model of disability emerged as an alternative and views individuals with impairments as disabled by societies' construction of barriers. While the social model has been useful in igniting social change, it has also been criticized for failure to acknowledge variability and differences across individuals. We conducted interviews with students with disabilities to understand their experiences in STEM courses, during which many participants shared their perspectives on their personal experience with disability. We use interpretative phenomenological analysis to highlight both similarities and differences in their experiences and their interactions with outsiders' views of their disability. To contextualize these perspectives, we explore how they compare to popular models of disability.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B40
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Westley James
University of Central Florida
12736 Lexington Summit Street
Orlando, FL 32828
Phone: 3219480471
and Co-Presenter(s)
Caroline Bustamante, University of Central Florida
Kamryn Lamons, University of Central Florida
Jacquelyn J. Chini, University of Central Florida

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