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A Comprehensive Study of Disability Film Media at a Major Metropolitan University

This semester I am working with Dr. Lawler on a study titled, A Comprehensive Study of Disability Film Media at a Major Metropolitan University. We will be looking at how students at Pace University and other metropolitan universities can benefit from Disability film media to inform them about about disabilities. As we all know, many students who have never been exposed to speaking or conversing with an individual with a visible disability can become quite uncomfortable when confronted with a person with a disability. This is due to their lack of knowledge and experience with the disability world.  

In this study we will be speaking to 3 focus groups ( one of pace students, one of people with disabilities, and one from NYU). We will show them independent disability films and mainstream media films on disability. We will ask questions and give all participants surveys to get numerical and concrete data.

I expect to achieve a better understanding of how film media can  inform students about individuals with disabilities. I also expect to get a better understanding of how people with disabilities want to be represented. 

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