This study examined the effect of three different programs on adolescents’ acceptance of individuals with disabilities. The comparison group experienced a camping program which provided physical integration. The other two experimental groups were exposed to either a disability awareness” program or an adventure” program for the duration of the week at camp. The results suggest that mere physical integration does not significantly change adolescents’ acceptance of persons with disabilities, but both the disability awareness program and the inclusionary adventure program had a statistically significant impact on attitudes toward their peers with disabilities. There was no statistically significant difference in posttest acceptance scores between the disability awareness” and adventure” groups.
Author Janet R. Sable
Volume Vol 29, No 3 (1995)