Date Approved

5-12-2017

Embargo Period

5-12-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Callueng, Carmelo

Second Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

College students with disabilities--New Jersey; Students with disabilities--Services for

Disciplines

Disability and Equity in Education | Higher Education

Abstract

College students with disabilities remain an understudied population, especially on topics relating to academic success. As more students with disabilities are struggling to complete their college education it calls for more research to be done to ensure students are taking advantage of any resources that can be beneficial for them. This study can contribute to empirical literature about how accommodations and other support service for college students with disabilities can impact academic well-being. The research questions advanced in the study are: 1) Is there a difference in the attitudes of students who are availing and not availing to accommodations? and (2) Is there a difference in the academic well-being of students who are availing and not availing to accommodations? Participants are 92 college students with disabilities from a medium size public university in New Jersey. Two validated Likert-type scales and a demographic questionnaire comprised an online survey completed by the participants. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and the Mann-Whitney U test. Key findings indicated students availing of accommodations have significantly more favorable attitudes and higher academic satisfaction than their peers who were not availing of accommodations.

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