Author

Tori A. Klisz

Date Approved

2014

Date Posted

4-16-2014

Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department

Special Education

First Advisor

Phil Smith

Second Advisor

Carole Gorenflo, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Janet L. Fisher

Abstract

Many students at public high schools enrich their high school experience and gain valuable skills through their participation in extra-curricular activities including, but not limited to, high school student leadership organizations. In this study, the researcher aims to present qualitative data obtained from semi-structured interviews that provide insight into the accessibility of high school student leadership organizations to students with disabilities. This study examines the perspectives of both student leaders in high school student leadership organizations and students with disabilities at three public high schools. The findings indicate that high school student leadership organizations provide limited accessibility to some students with disabilities. Policy, practice, and research implications are explored about how to improve the accessibility of high school student leadership organizations.

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