2015 IPFW Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium



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Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Jeong-il Cho

Sponsor Department/Program

Department of Professional Studies

Student Department/Program

Department of Educational Studies

University Affiliation

Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne

IPFW Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium Award Winner



College students with disabilities need strategies to help them be successful. Studies show that college students with disabilities struggle academically. Starting college can be frustrating for anyone regardless of whether or not they have a disability but for students with disabilities they have an even harder journey. This special project is a handbook with strategies for beginning college students with disabilities for the successful college experience. This handbook is meant for students with any type of disability or disabilities. These students with disabilities should not have to learn through trial and error. This handbook can help guide them as they go through the difficult change college brings. In order to create this handbook, an extensive literature review was conducted and research was done through a survey. The survey was both qualitative and quantitative. The students with disabilities who completed the survey were registered to the disability office at the participating college. The purpose of this survey was to determine what college students with disabilities know about strategies and information that will assist them as they strive to have a successful college experience. The survey covered the following: self-advocacy, self-determination, campus and community resources, and laws related to college students with disabilities. The results of the survey found that a majority of students with disabilities are unaware of their rights under the law and do not speak up when their rights are violated. They also are unaware of community resources and did not know how to advocate for themselves before beginning college. This information was then used to create a handbook titled: Survival Guide for College Students with Disabilities. This handbook gives an overview of the results of the survey. It covers self-advocacy, self-determination, laws related to college students with disabilities, and campus and community resources. The goal is to give them the information they need to assist them as they go through college. Disability- a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity (adata.org)


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The Investigation of Strategies for Beginning College Students with Disabilities for the Successful College Experience