Attitudes Toward Including Students With Intellectual Disabilities at College
Article first published online: 17 DEC 2012
© 2012 International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities
Special Issue: Post-Secondary Education and Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Meg Grigal and Debra Hart, Guest Editors
Volume 9, Issue 4, pages 234–239, December 2012
How to Cite
Griffin, M. M., Summer, A. H., McMillan, E. D., Day, T. L. and Hodapp, R. M. (2012), Attitudes Toward Including Students With Intellectual Disabilities at College. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 9: 234–239. doi: 10.1111/jppi.12008
- Issue published online: 17 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 17 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Received: 1 AUG 2011
- intellectual disabilities;
- postsecondary education
Although inclusive postsecondary education programs are increasingly available, little is known about the attitudes of matriculating college students toward the inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities in their classes. To assess these attitudes, the authors surveyed 256 college students about their attitudes toward students with intellectual disabilities and their inclusion in college classes. Overall, the college students reported positive attitudes. They noted that female students and those with higher comfort levels perceived the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities as higher, thought more benefits were associated with their inclusion, and were more willing to interact with them on campus. The authors concluded that these findings offer evidence of the social acceptability of inclusive postsecondary education programs among the general population of college students and the viability of such programs as an inclusive transition option for students with intellectual disabilities.