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Disability as Diversity in Higher Education
Policies and Practices to Enhance Student Success

ISBN 9781138186187
Published February 14, 2017 by Routledge
262 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Addressing disability not as a form of student impairment—as it is typically perceived at the postsecondary level—but rather as an important dimension of student diversity and identity, this book explores how disability can be more effectively incorporated into college environments. Chapters propose new perspectives, empirical research, and case studies to provide the necessary foundation for understanding the role of disability within campus climate and integrating students with disabilities into academic and social settings. Contextualizing disability through the lens of intersectionality, Disability as Diversity in Higher Education illustrates how higher education institutions can use policies and practices to enhance inclusion and student success.

Table of Contents






1 Supporting Students with Non-disclosed Disabilities: A Collective and Humanizing Approach

Christina Yuknis and Eric R. Bernstein

2 A Different Diversity? Challenging the Exclusion of Disability Studies from Higher Education Research and Practice

Lauren Shallish

3 Queering Disability in Higher Education: Views from the Intersections

Ryan A. Miller, Richmond D. Wynn, and Kristine W. Webb




4 "Does Disability Matter?": Students’ Satisfaction with College Experiences

Katherine C. Aquino, Taghreed A. Alhaddab, and Eunyoung Kim

5 Engaging Disability: Trajectories of Involvement for College Students with Disabilities

Ezekiel Kimball, Rachel E. Friedensen, and Elton Silva

6 College Students with Learning Disabilities: An At-Risk Population Absent from the Conversation of Diversity

Wanda Hadley and D. Eric Archer

7 Re(examining) Students’ Notion of Intersectionality through a Spatial Lens

Holly Pearson and Michelle Samura




8 Faculty and Administrator Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Disability

Allison R. Lombardi and Adam R. Lalor

9 Working it Backward: Student Success through Faculty Professional Development

Cali Anicha, Chris Ray, and Canan Bilen-Green

10 "It’s a Very Deep, Layered Topic": Student Affairs Professionals on the Marginality and Intersectionality of Disability

Annemarie Vaccaro and Ezekiel Kimball

11 Tools for Moving the Institutional Iceberg: Policies and Practices for Students with Disabilities

Jacalyn Griffen and Tenisha Tevis




12 Disability, Diversity, and Higher Education: A Critical Study of California State University’s Websites

Susan L. Gabel, Denise P. Reid, and Holly Pearson

13 Encountering Institutional Barriers and Resistance: Disability Discomfort on One Campus

Heather Albanesi and Emily A. Nusbaum

14 Access Ryerson: Promoting Disability as Diversity

Denise O’Neil Green, Heather Willis, Matthew D. Green, and Sarah Beckman 

15 Thinking and Practicing Differently: Changing the Narrative around Disability on College Campuses

Sue Kroeger and Amanda Kraus


About the Contributors


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Eunyoung Kim is Associate Professor in the Department of Education Leadership, Management, and Policy at Seton Hall University, USA.

Katherine C. Aquino is Adjunct Professor and Program Specialist for Accreditation and Assessment at New Jersey City University, USA.


"This book frames disability as part of the natural and rich continuum of diversity on college campuses. Through a combination of theory, research with students, faculty, and administrators, and the description of innovative and responsive program models, this book extends traditional conversations about services for students with disabilities to new, cutting-edge perspectives and practices."  
- Joseph W. Madaus, Professor and Director, Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability, University of Connecticut

"This book explores the experiences of students with disabilities and makes valuable suggestions for how to improve the education and success of such students. Disability as Diversity in Higher Education is an essential book for faculty, administrators, and students to help combat one of the least recognized but most prevalent forms of discrimination at institutions that pride themselves on their diversity programs." 
-Lennard Davis, Distinguished Professor of English in the School of Arts and Professor of Medical Education in the College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago

 "This book offers a comprehensive collection of essays, research reports, and case studies that introduce a new direction for addressing disability on college campuses. Stressing that disability should be considered an aspect of diversity rather than an individual impairment, chapter authors effectively use the sociopolitical model to critique current practices for working with disabled students in higher education and offer alternative strategies to ensure that the college environment is accessible and equitable for all students."
- Nancy Evans, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Iowa State University