Graduate Research Papers


Open Access Graduate Research Paper


People with disabilities -- Family relationships; Parents of children with disabilities -- Counseling of; Children of parents with disabilities;


The terms "acquired disability" or "adventitiously disabled" are used to describe a person who has had a normal physical development and normal lifestyle until an accident or illness caused the physical and/or mental disability (Buscaglia, 1975). The trauma associated with whatever led to the disability will have affected the disabled person. They may have been in serious condition and near death during the incident, may have faced the death and dying process and resolved it, or be stuck at one of the death stages such as anger or depression. They may be feeling helpless or suicidal. They may be acutely aware of what has been lost or have no memory or adult level mental functioning after the trauma (Marinelli & Dell Orto, 1984).

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

First Advisor

Robert T. Lembke

Date Original


Object Description

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