Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

6-1-2015

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Amber Feist

Honors Program Director

Gavin Keulks

Abstract

Individuals with disabilities share the same desires as people without disabilities to develop personal independence and experience a rewarding social life. However, people with disabilities often go without the opportunity to satisfy social needs as a result of isolation. The purpose of this conceptual thesis is to address this issue by exploring what research has been done in order to design a study to identify current attitudes towards people with disabilities and satisfaction of life. Results indicate t here is a need for integration program s in order for social skills to allow individuals to comfortably interact with people without disabilities. It is necessary to incorporate people with and without disabilities in order to provide the opportunity for interaction to potentially decrease feelings of isolation through increased social interaction.

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