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How do people with disabilities navigate stigma to create lasting relationships at home, at work/school, and in their communities?’

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dc.contributor.author O'Connell, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-07T15:13:17Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-07T15:13:17Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/3953
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: It is recognised that tertiary education can be a challenge for people with visual impairments. Current literature largely focuses on the experiences of older adults and children in relation to visual impairments. The research aim is to explore the subjective experiences of people with visual impairment in tertiary education in relation to services and stigma. Objectives: This study aims to evaluate the encounters of people with visual impairment within tertiary education. This research also aims to identify the areas of improvement that may be required to ensure inclusion and an equal educational experience for people with visual impairment. Methods: Qualitative research with the use of semi-structured interviews employing thematic analysis was executed. Recruitment was carried out via snowball sampling. Participants included four people, three female and one male, who have a visual impairment and attended tertiary education, ranging in age from 35 – 47. Analysis was carried out using the ATLAS.ti software. Results: Participants expressed positive and adverse experiences within tertiary education. Two main themes emerged; supports and services and societal issues. Supports and services appeared to be varied and inconsistent. Third level policies for people with disabilities appear to focus on access over equity. Stigma was encountered as equal participation was limited. College was however a new opportunity for personal growth. Conclusions: Participants discuss difficulties in accessing services in a timely and consistent manner but also encountered positive outcomes. As Occupational Therapy is an evolving profession within tertiary education, this research is valuable for informing the currently developing practice. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject disability en_US
dc.subject stigma en_US
dc.subject education and visual impairment en_US
dc.title How do people with disabilities navigate stigma to create lasting relationships at home, at work/school, and in their communities?’ en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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