Disability and Education: How teacher perceptions impact disabled education
I am a disabled student from the Professional Communications program minoring in Disability Studies. I have a passion for education and discussing critical issues. In the future I aim to work in disability education or advocacy. Disability is a field to ignored by almost every program, and every workplace. In any of my future endeavours I want to make disability something we talk about, rather than avoid.
My research engages with disability perceptions in education. I aimed to answer the question: how do teacher perceptions of disability impact the way they interact with IEPs (Individualized education plans) and propose accommodations. With my two interviewees I discovered that they are outliers to most modern literature about general teachers and disability. Most literature reflects that teachers are not excellent at creating or conceptualizing plans surrounding IEPs, and many teachers ignore their resource teachers and prefer disabled students to be out of their classrooms. These teachers, however, routinely suggested environmental or personal changes they could make, rather than changes the disabled student needed to make. This finding is important, but the more important question is “why”. Although I will continue to analyze my findings, more research needs to be done with a broader subject base to determine how we can replicate the experiences of these teachers to improve education for all disabled students.
disability, education, high school,