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Title:Illini service dogs- changing perceptions
Author(s):Evans, Bridget
Advisor(s):Notaro, Stephen J.
Department / Program:Kinesiology & Community Health
Discipline:Community Health
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):disability awareness
changing perceptions
benefits of service dogs
Americans with Disabilities Act
disability advocacy
accessibility issues
Abstract:This was a comprehensive study of the change of perceptions related to the disability culture among undergraduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who are members of the Illini Service Dog Program. The purpose of the study was to determine if participation in the Illini Service Dog Program affected perceptions of participant’s related to disability culture. The four main focuses of this study were disability, awareness, advocacy, and accessibility. A study group of 31 members of the Illini Service Dog Program took part in a pre-test and post-test survey that evaluated their perceptions related to the four main focuses of this study that related to the disability culture. The data consisted of 20 usable pre-test and post-test surveys. The data was analyzed with Paired Samples T-Tests by using SPSS software. It was found that there were statistically significant results regarding changes in perception among areas related to awareness and advocacy. The results for perceptions of disability and accessibility experienced positive improvements. The study showed that participation in an engaging and enriching program, such as the Illini Service Dog Program, could have positive impacts on perceptions of disability, awareness, advocacy, and accessibility.
Issue Date:2013-05-24
Rights Information:Copyright 2013 Bridget Evans
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-05-24
Date Deposited:2013-05

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