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Graduation Date

5-2017

Abstract

Teachers often feel unprepared to meet the needs of students with mild physical disabilities as these students’ needs are not as obvious as students with severe disabilities. In order to create a resource for teachers who have students with mild cerebral palsy (CP) in their classrooms, I conducted structured one-hour interviews with four young adults with mild CP about their experiences in school. An analysis of the interview transcripts uncovered four common themes: (a) bullying experiences in elementary school, (b) teacher support and accommodations in school, (c) being asked about their disability, and (d) being grateful for having “mild” cerebral palsy. I used these themes to create Information and Guidelines for Teachers of Students with Mild Cerebral Palsy (CP) to assist teachers in meeting the needs of students with mild CP.

Student Author Biography

I am a Senior Early Childhood Education major at Presbyterian College. I live in Greenville, SC and will be graduating in May of 2017. After graduation, I plan on working for City Year, a volunteer organization through Americorps. I will be working in low income schools in one of 28 cities in the United States. I was diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy when I was three years old and that inspired the focus of my undergraduate research.

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