Accommodation strategies of college students with disabilities

Lucy Barnard-Brak, Deann Lechtenberger, William Y. Lan

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College students with disabilities develop and utilize strategies to facilitate their learning experiences due to their unique academic needs. Using a semi-structured interview technique to collect data and a technique based in grounded theory to analyze this data, the purpose of this study was to discern the meaning of disclosure for college students with disabilities in relation to the strategies they invoke while seeking accommodations. The study revealed three underlying themes common to the accommodation-seeking strategies of the participants who were academically successful college students with disabilities. These themes include: scripting disclosure of one's disability; negotiating accommodations with faculty; and downplaying one's disability status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-429
Number of pages19
JournalQualitative Report
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2010


  • College students
  • Disability
  • Stigma


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