Babbitt, Charles E.; Thompson, III, Myron A.; Burbach, Harold J.
August 1983
Humanity & Society;Aug83, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p287
Academic Journal
The article examines non-handicapped college students as social audience in order to study their perceptions of and interactions with handicapped peers. The article attempts to gather data that would help confirm or reject the conjecture that non-handicapped students as social audience might be contributing to the negative labeling and stigmatization of their handicapped counterparts. The passage of the Rehabilitation Act Amendment of 1974 together with Public Laws 93-112 and 94-142 in the U.S., prohibits any institution receiving federal funds from discriminating against the handicapped. Succumbing to the force of these legal sanctions and capitalizing on the ready availability of grants, colleges and universities have thus set about to alter their recruitment and admissions policies, remove existing architectural barriers, provide a broad range of new services and in general accommodate the unique needs of handicapped students. But while these institutional changes have helped correct one form of social injustice there remains a deeper, more subtle form of discrimination with which the handicapped must contend.


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