Using a critical interpretive framework, the authors utilized semi-structured interviews to understand the experiences and perceptions of two college students living with disability concerning their use of accommodations, modifications, and adaptations in program requirements, classroom instruction, and testing. The central research questions were: “Are accommodations perceived as effective in supporting students with disabilities in their academic and social pursuits? Do students perceive that accommodations allow them maximum engagement and participation in their educational experiences?” and “To what extent are accommodations perceived by the participants as leveling the playing field for students with disabilities?” And, finally, “What do the participants perceive as the biggest obstacles to success for students with disabilities?” An understanding of the participants’ perceptions will enhance the overall awareness and appreciation for the experiences of students living with disability and will have direct implications for faculty-student interactions, student-to-student interactions as well as larger interactions within society.
College Students With Disabilities, Accommodations, Academic Success, Qualitative Research
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Timmerman, L. C., & Mulvihill, T. M. (2015). Accommodations in the College Setting: The Perspectives of Students Living with Disabilities. The Qualitative Report, 20(10), 1609-1625. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol20/iss10/5