Date of Award


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Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Susan O'Connor


In the United States, up to 44 mlllion people, (about 20-25% of population), are estimated to have deficiencies in readirg, writing, spelling or math. This not only effects their education, but their ability to receive adequate health care. Effective patient education is essential for all patients, but special attention may need to be paid to those patients who have additional learning challenges. This project will show the development of an "educator guide" for patient education specialists,emphasizing strategies to work with people with disabilities for an effective patient education outcome. The educator guide will focus on several areas including the history of disabilities, the history of patient education, how patient education and disabilities currently intersect, assessing the needs of the individual patient, focusing on preferred learning style(s), and incorporating a variety of learning tools and strategies.


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