After the initial data analysis we compared themes and perceived phenomena with

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cess of producing a list of expressions relevant to the phenomena of interest. After the initial data analysis, we compared themes and perceived phenomena with the literature and models of disability. Data obtained from the interviews were cross-referenced and analyzed to re ect commonalities and differences among Disability & Society 843
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participants. Each participant reviewed his or her transcript to check for accuracy and to enhance the validity of this research. Demographic pro fi les of participants Table 1 presents the demographic composition and pro fi les of the participating col- lege students with physical disabilities. This demographic composition is catego- rized by gender, ethnicity, and classi fi cation of physical disability. The group was ethnically diverse: fi ve Caucasians, one African American (immigrant), and two Asian Americans. Moreover, two of the participants were college seniors, and the remaining six were recent graduates. Of the fi ve female and three male participants in this study, three males were gainfully employed and two women were employed on a part-time basis. Among eight participants, six types of disabilities and impairments were identi- fi ed: two students were blind, one student was deaf oral, one student was hearing impaired, two students had cerebral palsy, one student had a spinal cord injury, and one student considered herself a little person. Five of the participants were born with a disability and three acquired them. Six were recent graduates, and three were fully employed at the time of the interview. The remaining students worked on a part-time basis or had summer jobs. All three who were fully employed were males who already have a master s degree in the fi elds of special education, accounting, or security and policy. The majors of three women graduates were law (two) and fi lm studies. Two of the fi ve women were undergraduate seniors; academic majors were international affairs, geography, and information systems. Findings and interpretations Based on analysis of the data, more than 62 disaggregated terms were coded and 24 important categorical expressions were merged, yielding six major thematic areas: disability and impairment; accessibility; reasonable accommodations; discrim- ination; barriers and hindrances; and graduate or professional education. The six thematic areas will be presented in the following. Participants rich testimonies and chronicles deepened our understanding of the phenomena of physical disabilities and the participants lived employment experiences. Disability and impairment College students with disabilities in this study described their perspectives on dis- ability and impairment in ways that parallel the literature on disability. Speci fi cally, Table 1. Participant pro fi les. Disability type Gender Ethnicity Status Hearing impaired Female Caucasian Graduate (unemployed) Little person Female Caucasian Graduate (unemployed) Cerebral palsy (wheelchair user) Female Caucasian Graduate (unemployed) Cerebral palsy (electric scooter) Female Asian American Senior (unemployed) Blind Male African American
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