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In Malawi, Africa and in the United States, many disabled individuals experience hardships that are more severe than the general public. With regards to education, there is a lower school attendance rate among disabled individuals in each country. With regards to employment, both disabled Malawians and Americans experience lower employment rates and lower annual incomes. This study aimed to discern what factors contributed to these educational and employment deficits in both countries. Possible factors for the deficit may include a discriminatory attitude, a lack of resources available for accessibility, or the severity of the physical or cognitive limitation. A survey was administered at the University of Dayton and at the University of Livingstonia in Malawi, aiming to discover if any subtle biases were projected unfavorably upon individuals pictured in wheelchairs. The survey also sought to evaluate whether ample resources were perceived to be available to disabled individuals in each country.

Publication Date

4-9-2014

Project Designation

Honors Thesis

Primary Advisor

Thomas Farnsworth

Primary Advisor's Department

Psychology

Keywords

Stander Symposium poster

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Business | Education | Engineering | Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences | Physical Sciences and Mathematics | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Discrimination Against Disabled Persons in Malawi and the United States: A Comparative Study

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