Out of the Disability Closet: Strategic use of perception management by select university students with disabilities

  title={Out of the Disability Closet: Strategic use of perception management by select university students with disabilities},
  author={Marjorie F. Olney and Karin F. Brockelman},
  journal={Disability \& Society},
  pages={35 - 50}
This study examines the ways in which university students with apparent and hidden disabilities actively manage the perceptions of others. Interview data were collected and analysed by theme. Students indicated that they valued their own experience of disability, but were aware that knowledge of their disability altered the behaviors of others toward them. Whereas some perception management strategies have previously been called denial and 'passing,' for our participants these behaviors… Expand
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