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Master of Science (MS)
Lemm, Kristi M., 1971-
We investigated how a disclosure of an applicant’s blindness would influence evaluations of applicants to a scholarship and whether disclosure early or late in the impression formation process would result in optimal application outcomes. A total of 356 participants read profiles of applicants whose qualifications were clearly strong, clearly weak, or mixed (diligent but unintelligent, or intelligent but lazy). Participants were told that the applicant was blind either at the at the beginning or at the end, or no disability was disclosed. We found that surprisingly, blind applicants were rated more positively than those without a disclosure, and the benefit of disclosing blindness was particularly salient when the applicants’ qualifications were weak or ambiguous. The results suggest that the benefit of disclosing blindness at the end of impression formation is better than doing it at the beginning of impression formation.
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Students with disabilities--Scholarships, fellowships, etc.; People with disabilities--Education (Higher); Discrimination against people with disabilities; Discrimination in employment
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Yin, Yichuan, "Barriers to Educational Resources: The Effect of Disability Disclosure on Ratings of a Scholarship Applicant" (2021). WWU Graduate School Collection. 1016.