Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department or School

Special Education

Committee Member

Audrey Farrugia, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Committee Member

Sarah Ginsberg, Ed.D., CCC-SLP

Committee Member

Jacquelyn McGinnis, Ph.D., ROT


The following study includes the investigation of academic and social perspectives of students with disabilities (SWD) and their relationships with university faculty members as it pertains to the use of accommodations. Participants frequently talked about accommodations as being a large part of their experiences in their college career. Graduate students with disabilities use of accommodations leads to many different topics of negative and positive experiences, which can influence perceptions and behaviors of SWD. This study was designed to be qualitative by collecting the interviews of participants who identify as having a disability and attend a university in the Midwestern United States. Participant interviews were collected and analyzed for commonality and similar ideas across each participant's experience