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Supporting the development of students with disabilities in higher education: access, stigma, identity, and power

Over the years, the evolution of student development theories has paved the way to include diverse students, including students with disabilities (SWD). Still, student development theories are yet to employ a view of disability as a social category and an identity. To fill this gap, the current study applies the three waves of student development theories and critical disability theory to analyze and understand how SWD perceive and experience disability support centers (DSCs), and the contribution they attribute to DSCs for their development and success in higher education and afterward. The study emphasizes the need to strive for holistic and inclusive change in higher education policy and practice. (July 2021. Carmit-Noa Shpigelmana, Sagit Mor, Dalia Sachs, Naomi Schreuer)