2019 TASH Conference
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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together our constituents to share resources and success stories, learn about field-driven best practices, and network within a community engaged in shared values. The Conference is attended by passionate leaders, experts, and advocates from every corner of the disability community. Conference attendees are influential in their fields and communities, and play an important role in the provision of services and supports for the millions of individuals and organizations around the world; and include professors and researchers from leading institutions; those involved in local, state, and federal governments and public policy; special and general educators, and school administrators; self-advocates, adult service providers; students, family members, and many others.  This year’s conference theme, Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities, reminds us that equity, opportunity, and inclusion relies on the input of broad perspectives and experiences.

Friday, December 6 • 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Relational Analysis on Life Satisfaction and Perception of Severely Disabled College Students' Dormitory Life in S. Korea

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The S. Korean government has continued to emphasize the importance of residential environment improvement projects in order to provide disabled people with more comfortable life. On the other hand, the D College in S. Korea is a college that has the greatest number of severely disabled students in S. Korea, and was rated as an excellent college by the S. Korean government in 2017 when satisfaction levels with all the college's facilities were rated using questions about their facilities, including the question “Whether or not college dormitories are equipped with facilities for their severely disabled students to live safely and conveniently.” In fact, however, the levels of their stress and subjective satisfaction and the attitudes of the D College's severely disabled students were not rated intensively. The purpose of this study, therefore, is to analyze the relationships between living spaces in dormitories of severely disabled students and their happiness and perception in daily life, focusing on the case of the D College, in order to suggest the environmental improvements of college dormitories in the future. This study was carried out with 28 severely disabled college students (with orthopedic and brain injuries) who resided in the D College's dormitory in S. Korea. Their general characteristics, stress elements and subjective attitudes were surveyed using questionnaires consisting of 30 five point Likert scale questions with the SD method from April 8 to 10, 2019 (for 3 days). An analysis using the IBM SPSS(v.25) produced a significant result. The types of dormitory spaces were categorized according to whether or not separate bathroom facility is provided as shown in Table 1. Their factor of population statistics are shown in Table 2. shows the average analysis results of students' satisfaction level and subjective attitude toward their dormitory life indicates results that examined the difference in satisfaction level and attitude between groups of subjects. It was shown that there are significant differences in their life satisfaction levels according to the peer relationship, and in their stress levels according to the college year, respectively displays the correlation analysis between physical environment elements, including the size and atmosphere of the dormitory space, and attitudes such as the levels of their stress and life satisfaction. The results of this study showed that while the severely disabled college students were relatively satisfied with their dormitory lives, in terms of life satisfaction, academic achievement and feeling of happiness, they had attitudes that there were some stress elements. In particular, such elements as the size of space, atmosphere, the use of furniture, noise, peer-to-peer trouble and living rules, showed significant correlations with the levels of stress and life satisfaction and feeling of happiness. This fact seems to suggest that it is difficult to consider that the dormitory is a space providing emotional stability, like home. In addition, although there was no correlation between physical environment elements and subjective attitudes, including self-fulfillment, academic achievement, autonomy, they entirely showed the attitude of positive influences.


Friday December 6, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Akimel Ballroom 3

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