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Perceptions and Misperceptions: College Students with Down Syndrome

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People with Down syndrome are often left out of the college narrative, yet many colleges and universities are opening doors to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Current research suggests that the perceived capabilities of individuals with IDD impacts the expected achievement of people with IDD. However, studies are commonly conducted done in colleges. The purpose of current research is to understand the views USD students hold towards students with IDD. Undergraduates are exposed to descriptions of student candidates for an on-campus position that are randomly assigned to either; have IDD/don’t have IDD or are qualified/unqualified. They then rank each applicant and make a hiring decision as a product of these rankings. Based on previous research, I hypothesize that USD students will indicate a preference for a student that doesn’t have IDD. The results of this research could have important implications for people with disabilities attending college.

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Perceptions and Misperceptions: College Students with Down Syndrome

People with Down syndrome are often left out of the college narrative, yet many colleges and universities are opening doors to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Current research suggests that the perceived capabilities of individuals with IDD impacts the expected achievement of people with IDD. However, studies are commonly conducted done in colleges. The purpose of current research is to understand the views USD students hold towards students with IDD. Undergraduates are exposed to descriptions of student candidates for an on-campus position that are randomly assigned to either; have IDD/don’t have IDD or are qualified/unqualified. They then rank each applicant and make a hiring decision as a product of these rankings. Based on previous research, I hypothesize that USD students will indicate a preference for a student that doesn’t have IDD. The results of this research could have important implications for people with disabilities attending college.