Mamboleo, G., Meyer, L., Georgieva, Z., Curtis, R., Dong, S., & Stender, L. M. (2015). Students with disabilities’ self-report on perceptions toward disclosing disability and faculty’s willingness to provide accommodations . Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Journal , 8 (2), 8–19. https://rcej.scholasticahq.com/
Accommodations were not specified. Students’ perceptions of university faculty members’ willingness to provide accommodations were examined.
Undergraduate and graduate students (n=111) who were registered with the Office of Disability Services at a large mid-Atlantic (U.S.) postsecondary institution and requested accommodations for the semester participated.
The Willingness to Accommodate Students (WAS) survey was used to measure students' perceptions of faculty members' willingness to provide accommodations. The Willingness to Disclose Disability (WDD) survey measured students’ willingness to disclose their disability. Together, these surveys were used to understand the relationship between students' experiences requesting accommodations and their perceptions of instructors' willingness to provide accommodations, as well as students' willingness to disclose their own disability.
Students' perceptions of instructors' willingness to provide accommodations was relatively positive. However, students' willingness to disclose their disabilities was not as high. Researchers concluded that the low student willingness to reveal their disability may point to a need for counselors and other university faculty to support students with self-advocacy.