Navigating the Mental and Physical Challenges Faced by Low-Socioeconomic Students with Disabilities in America's Education System


Poverty can affect a student’s education just as a person’s study environment can affect their grade or work completion. For students with disabilities, daily tasks and assignments may be more difficult than the average person or average student with disabilities. Students with disabilities from low socioeconomic status households experience more difficulties than students who are from middle or high socioeconomic backgrounds. This paper explores the variety of mental and physical challenges that students with disabilities face from low socioeconomic backgrounds. It examines the discrepancies in academic achievements when addressing the challenges between student achievements, socioeconomic status, and special education. Drawing on different studies and frameworks, this paper highlights the mental and physical challenges faced by these students from low-income backgrounds. The research emphasizes the need for inclusive strategies that address mental and physical obstacles in education experienced by low socioeconomic students with disabilities. This study aims to add to the current conversation on fair access to education and equality for all students, regardless of demographics or socioeconomic backgrounds. By examining these unique hurdles of this vulnerable student population, this paper will shed light on the urgent need for support, advocacy, and inclusive policies within the American education system. Through a detailed and comprehensive analysis of existing literature and frameworks, this abstract serves as an entrancing introduction to the profound challenges faced by students with disabilities from low-income backgrounds, setting the stage for a thorough explanation of their experiences and the barriers they confront

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2024

Senior Project Advisor

Heather Roy

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Educational Studies

Document Type

Thesis - Murray State Access only

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