Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)
Susan O'Connor, Ph.D.
Lois Bosch, Ph.D.
The history of disability discrimination as dehumanization is explored as a foundation for the paper. This question is then explored using a framework of socially constructed reality and symbolic convergence theory. For this analysis, communication and perception are the key elements drawn from each theory.
The conclusion of this analysis is that genuine "empowerment" requires a reconstructed social reality that defines people with visible physical disabilities as "normal."
Jordan, Judith Thyen, "Beyond the Mirror" (2002). Theses and Graduate Projects. 644.