Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Elizabeth Ankeny

Second Advisor

Susan Olson


Kenyan immigrant elders' attitudes toward disabilities can best be explained in two ways: before and after emigrating. The purpose of this research study was to investigate Kenyan immigrant elders' attitude toward disabilities. Using qualitative research methods, three participants were selected to be interviewed one-on-one using specific guiding questions. Five themes emerged from the data: family attitudes toward disabilities, consideration of disabilities as diseases, views on disability categories, causes of disabilities, and the care of individuals with disabilities. Findings from this research study have the potential to enable educators to develop a better cross-cultural perspective when dealing with immigrant elders in their schools. The findings of the study demonstrate the need to understand Kenyan immigrant elders' attitudes toward people with disabilities in their cultural context in order to effectively collaborate and increase parent and teacher participation in schools in the United States.


SC 11.MAE.2013.Nyangau.JM

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