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Special Education and Literacy Studies
This comparative ethnomethodology study is focused on the global context elements that help explain public policies and its consequences on types of access available to individuals with disabilities in the United States Midwest and West Africa. The goal of this study is to identify the role of individuals with disabilities in a global society by answering two research questions. First, what are the public policies in place for physical, social, and educational access in the United States Midwest and West Africa? Second, how is physical, social, and educational access being provided in the United States Midwest and West Africa? The comparative analysis of the United States Midwest and West Africa was constructed using archival research, ethnographic interviews, and observations in a variety of settings. The study concludes with exploration of the impact processes of globalization have on public policies in place, funding of those policies, and the consequent roles of individuals with disabilities in society.
Williamson, Katherine, "The Impact of Globalization on Access for Individuals with Disabilities" (2015). Honors Theses. 2745.
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