Hidden disabilities visable discrimination : a conceptualization of discrimination faced by those with specific learning disorders within the Queensland education system

Wilson, A. C (2000) Hidden disabilities visable discrimination : a conceptualization of discrimination faced by those with specific learning disorders within the Queensland education system. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

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Abstract

This thesis presents an investigation from a sociological base in the field of disabilities sociology, in that the thesis proposes the hypothesis "that those people with specific learning disorders are discriminated against". To develop this conceptualization this research has conducted an analysis of current qualitative data from textual and historical sources, supported by field research. To gain an insight into the specific discrimination faced by those with specific learning disorder; this study conducted a textual analysis of current Federal and State disabilities and educational legislation. In addition interviews were conducted with a group of 20 individuals with specific learning disorders. This group of people came from a wide range of age groups, eighteen to fifty six, socio-economic back grounds such as a teenager on unemployment benefit to an University lecturer. The gender mix was even. Also to act as a contrast a group of 6 people with disabilities other than specific learning disorders were also interviewed. The disabilities of this group included those who are mobility impaired, and degenerative illnesses to illustrate the problems faced. Some of the other disabilities are a more established disability than specific learning disorders (for example those who are mobility impaired), in the actuality that they recognized, acknowledged as a disability, diagnosed and treatments developed, whereas this is not the case for specific learning disorders. This second group mainly ranged in age from 20 to 40, and the occupations were students, a librarian, and a mother. The gender ratio was file males to one female.

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ID Code: 35827
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Harrison, Paul
Additional Information: Presented to the School of Humanities and Social Science, Queensland University of Technology.
Keywords: Learning disabled children Queensland Education, Discrimination in education Queensland, Education Queensland, thesis, masters
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright A. C Wilson
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2010 13:03
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2017 03:19

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