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The development of positive personal beliefs enhances academic success for students with disabilities.

In a 1993 study by Smith and Nelson, 36 college students with disabilities were asked to identify factors that influenced their academic success. The factors were divided into two categories: personal beliefs, and social support and climate factors. Factors in the personal belief category were:

  • Discipline and effort.
  • Acceptance of disability.
  • Personal ambitions.
  • Self-confidence.
  • Prior knowledge and experience.
  • Ability.

Smith, D.J. & Nelson, J.R. (1993). Factors that influence the academic success of college students with disabilities. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, San Antonio, TX.

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