Complementary Outside Research: Triangulating Data

The research gathered here is meant to be used as an additional resource in providing communities with further reading on equal access, higher education, and disability rights. By triangulating data, patterns can be seen and best practice can be assured.

BYU specific:

Article: Lyman, M., Beecher, M. E., Griner, D., Brooks, M., Call, J., & Jackson, A. (2016). What Keeps Students with Disabilities from Using Accommodations in Postsecondary Education? A Qualitative Review. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability29(2), 123-140.

Explanation: A study dedicated to finding the social and physical barriers to using accommodations, specifically conducted at BYU and addresses many similar situations and findings that the Commission has addressed.


Article: Michael Bown and Mark D. Hutchings (2018) Code Compliance and Functionality of Low-Energy Automatic Doors at Universities. Journal of Facility Management Education and Research: 2018, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 83-89.

Explanation: This study was specifically conducted at BYU and 6 other Utah campuses to address overarching automatic door safety and handicap buttons on a large college campus. They also provided recommendations for measuring door compliance.


Article: Bown, M., and Costello, B. (2016). “An approach to auditing the functionality of wheelchair accessible doors at large institutions.”International Facility Management Association, World Workplace 2016 , San Diego, October 2016. [Google Scholar]

Explanation: This study was specifically conducted at BYU, looks at data concerning accessible door issues, and seeks to understand facilities management role to most effectively combat accessible door access.

Disability and Higher Education

Article: Chard, G., & Couch, R. (1998). Access to higher education for the disabled student: A building survey at the University of Liverpool. Disability & Society13(4), 603-623.

Explanation: The article explains several reasons why higher education has multiple barriers to higher education. Learn more about very similar findings undergraduate students found at Liverpool. This research shows comparison to the Commission on an international level of universities. “There is much written in the literature on disability awareness that supports the view that disabled people should not just be consulted, but be actively involved in planning, creating or changing all aspects of our society. “


Article: Reindal, S. M. (1995). Some problems encountered by disabled students at the University of Oslo–whose responsibility?. European Journal of Special Needs Education10(3), 227-241.

Explanation: This study took a similar approach to the Commission, by surveying students about their experiences at University of Olso. The research shows that reoccurring themes of everyday barriers regardless of type of disability. Similar barriers were found in our case study.


Article: Riddell, S., Wilson, A., & Tinklin, T. (2002). Disability and the wider access agenda: supporting disabled students in different institutional contexts. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning4(3), 13-25.

Explanation: This academic article is a great source for providing social contaxt to disability and deeply examine the sociological barriers that disabled students have in college.


Article: Riddell, S., Tinklin, T., & Wilson, A., Final Report R000239069: Disabled Students and Multiple Policy Innovations in Higher Education

Explanation: A qualitative study discussing British public policy that has changed regarding disabled students and advocacy methods.


Article: Robinson, G. C., & Norton, P. C. (2019). A Decade of Disproportionality: A State-Level Analysis of African American Students Enrolled in the Primary Disability Category of Speech or Language Impairment. Language, Speech & Hearing Services in Schools50(2), 267–282.

Explanation: Study findings discuss the implication of African-American students being unfairly represented in special education practices. Researchers describe attributes of disproportion and stigmas surrounding the intersectionality between racism and abelism.


Disability Rights Articles

Article: Belt, Rabia, Disability: The Last Marriage Equality Frontier (August 29, 2015). Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 2653117. Available at SSRN: or

Explanation: Disabled individuals can be denied benefits from marriage. A growing number of disabled individuals cannot get married, for fear of losing vital home-health and medical needs for their survival. Without a in depth understanding at the multiple facets behind marriage discrimination, disabled individuals will often be left without choice.

Link: or

Article: Diaz, R., Miller, E. K., Kraus, E., & Fredericson, M. (2019). Impact of Adaptive Sports Participation on Quality of Life. Sports medicine and arthroscopy review, 27(2), 73-82.

Explanation: Physical activity is extremely important for disabled individuals for physical, emotional, and social health. unfortunately, there are many barriers to participate in exercise and other physical activities.

Link: Impact of Adaptive Sports Participation on Quality of Life.

Article: Brown, H. K., Cobigo, V., Lunsky, Y., & Vigod, S. (2017). Postpartum Acute Care Utilization Among Women with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Journal of Women’s Health (15409996), 26(4), 329–337.

Explanation: Disabled individuals are more likely to have inadequate care when pregnant and postpartum. This article details the issues and interectionality of disability, poverty, and social status on a women’s wellbeing.

Link: Postpartum Acute Care Utilization Among Women with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Article: Miller, J. (2019). The European disability rights revolution. European Law Review. 44. 66-87.

Explanation: This article details the extensive disability rights movement in Europe. It has had some particularly insightful advances as a latecomer to the social model. Practices were modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act.