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Master of Arts (MA)
Stevenson, Joan C.
Boxberger, Daniel L., 1950-
Since passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 the participation rate of students with physical impairments in higher education has remained static or declined. Though a number of potential issues have been identified most research tends to focus on classrooms, building interiors, and technology rather than exterior landscapes and fiscal policies that treat all students the same way. Most studies have also lacked theoretical rigor, relying instead on models of disability and statistics to explain their data, rather than on an extensive body of community based, multidisciplinary studies employing urban theories of space and place. Using space and place theory as a template and critical discourse analysis to examine data collected from two comparable mid-sized Washington State public universities the author has attempted to expose some of the underlying dominant and minority discourses concerning exterior barriers to inclusion for persons with physical impairments in higher education by placing these issues in historical context while fully encasing them within urban anthropology and contemporary urban studies of architecture, geography, sociology, and disability.
Western Washington University
Subjects – Names (LCNAF)
Western Washington University--Buildings--Barrier-free design; Eastern Washington University--Buildings--Barrier-free design
Subject – LCSH
College students with disabilities--Washington (State); Barrier-free design--Washington (State)
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Wunschel, Robert T. (Robert Timothy), "Thinking outside the boxes: barriers to inclusion for persons with physical impairments in higher education" (2011). WWU Graduate School Collection. 173.