Reimagining ableism and disability stereotypes: The perception of mobility aid users

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University of New Brunswick


The perception of people with disabilities can be influenced by a number of factors including the mobility aids they use. In this study, the perception of people with disabilities was assessed by examining the attitudes and stereotypes associated with three types of mobility aid users: a person using a wheelchair, a cane, and an unspecified mobility aid. A total of 225 participants without disabilities completed an online questionnaire, which included the Multidimensional Attitudes Scale Toward Persons with Disabilities. I discovered that the attitudes towards the unspecified mobility aid condition and the cane condition differed for the affective attitudinal domain, but not for the cognitive or behavioural domains. Further, the level of perceived warmth differed between the unspecified mobility aid and manual wheelchair conditions and the level of perceived competence differed between all three conditions. Overall, this study developed an understanding of how attitudes and stereotypes differ due to mobility aids.



SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Social work::Disability research