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Title
"Not wishing to be the white rhino in the crowd" : disability-disclosure at university
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Abstract
This article reports on a qualitative study identifying the drivers for and boundaries to disability-disclosure in interability interactions as experienced by 13 students with physical impairments at five Belgian higher education institutions. Through surveys and in-depth interviews, the study explored whether the students experience, prefer, and expect differences in communication about their impairments with temporarily able-bodied peers, instructors, and staff. Interviews provided insight into the nuances of disclosure and topic avoidance decisions that differ by disclosure target: disability-disclosure is mainly a balancing act between fulfilling physical needs and maintaining a normal, positive identity. The visibility of impairments seems to play a minor role in the students' initial orientation toward disclosing. The functions of disability-disclosure as posited by the Communication Predicament of Disability Model and the CARE-keys to effective interability communication (i.e., Contact, Ask, Respect, Empathy) are discussed as well as the implications of the findings for Communication Accommodation Theory.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of language and social psychology. - Clevedon, 1982, currens
Publication
Clevedon : 2015
ISSN
0261-927X [print]
1552-6526 [online]
Volume/pages
34:2(2015), p. 158-180
ISI
000349319800003
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UAntwerpen
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Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Last edited 08.06.2017
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