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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Rehabilitation Counseling: M.S.


Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy


School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Amy Knopf

Second Advisor

Bradley Kuhlman

Third Advisor

Roxanne Wilson

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This Quasi-experimental research project measured the perceptions that graduate students held toward persons with disabilities. A pretest and posttest design was administered to a non-control group before and after their participation in the “disABILITY Awareness Event” that took place at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The event was composed of seven different stations that had “simulation experiences.” Each of these stations represented a specific disability, and were led by members of the community who had each individual disability. It was hypothesized that participation in the “disABILITY Awareness Event” would increase awareness and decrease negative stigma among participants toward persons with disabilities. The results revealed a significant increase in disability acceptance among students.



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