Date of Award
Master of Science
Peggy L. Tarpley, Ph.D.
Rachel Mathews, Ed.D.
Stephen C. Keith, Ed.D
Twenty-three percent of the businesses participated in the study with 8 employer and 24 employee subjects. The purpose of the study was to determine the perceptions of people with disal:>ilities by their nondisabled coworkers and employers. The first part of the purpose was to address the employers' perceptions of people with disabilities and how experience and level of education can affect those perceptions.The second part addressed the amount of.experience the individual's had in working with people with disabilities and the types of disabilities presented in their workplace.
The data were analyzed with frequency distributions and an item analysis using Pearson - r was computed for relationships between demographic variables and employer perception. The results indicated·an overall positive perception of working with people with disabilities. A significant relationship (r = .81) with employer results was found between one to five years experience and knowledge-of legislation and the type of job people with disabilities were considered to be capable of performing.
A significant relationship (r = .40) was revealed with the employee results between amount of experience of nondisabled coworkers and the quality of work of people with disabilities.
McIntyre, Jennifer P., "Employer and Employee Perceptions of Workers With Disabilities and How They Effect Supported Employment" (1996). Theses, Dissertations & Honors Papers. 288.