Faculty attitudes towards persons with disabilities when controlling for diversity attitudes

Lucy Barnard-Brak, William Lan

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Despite diversity being a topic of much discussion in higher education, disability has and continues to be viewed as the neglected diversity or hidden minority (Olkin, 2002) in favor of race, gender, and religious background as more acknowledged kinds of diversity. Scotch (1988) echoes this sentiment of the neglect of disability as diversity remarking that, “…it is ironic that our vision of diversity is so limited that it rarely includes disability” (p.161). The status of persons with disabilities as a minority group however is not disputed (Olkin, 2002) rather the claim of disability as a kind of diversity is the issue of dispute. Regardless of whether disability is uniformally considered a kind of diversity, college students with disabilities have unique and diverse needs as they are uniquely and diversely situated in institutions of higher education as well as in society. Given the unique and diverse nature of this population in higher education, meeting the needs (both academic an
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
JournalInternational Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communications, and Nations
StatePublished - 2007


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