Estella Li

Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2014

Capstone Advisor

Dr. Mario Rios Perez, Ph.D.

Honors Reader

Ms. Diana M. (Dee) Katovitch, Assistant Director

Capstone Major

Higher Education

Capstone College


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Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

Disability and Equity in Education | Education | Other Education


The objectives of this study are to assess the meaning of “disability” through etic and emic frameworks, to bring awareness to effects that negative social constructions have on individuals with disabilities’ self-worth, and to find more accommodating approaches to not only help individuals with disabilities grow in inclusive classrooms, but to also help them apply confidence, creativity, and problem-solving skills to their community after the age of 21 in the United States. Since the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) fall short of providing individuals with disabilities adequate services and support for adulthood preparation, the study will analyze other effective programs, school initiatives, and technological services to propose for implementations of service support at the community level so that the gap between childhood and adulthood services may be bridged

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