Campus Climate and Students with Disabilities
Harbour, Wendy S.
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This research brief summarizes issues related to campus climate issues and disability, to improve social and educational outcomes for students with disabilities, support faculty and staff with disabilities, and increase understanding of disability among nondisabled members of the campus community. Instead of relying on disability services offices to address all aspects of disability on campuses, this report argues for various constituencies beginning a cultural shift on campuses to create a more positive campus climate for people with disabilities. Definitions of campus climate are provided, with examples of barriers for students with disabilities. Policy and practice recommendations include conducting evaluations of existing disability practices, creating diverse ways for the campus community to get information about disability, and supporting campus-wide engagement with disability. Examples of campuses that have implemented research-based recommendations are provided, as well as considerations for future research.