Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Dr. Sean O'Shea


This integrative master’s project explores the intersections of LGBTQIA+ and disability in the identity formation of adolescents, particularly those in middle school (ages 11-15). The material first maps out the gaps in scholarship on intersectionality regarding queerness and disability in young people. Recent statistics on the rampant bullying, harassment, and discrimination against LGBTQIA+ adolescents with disabilities provide a rationale for focusing on this often-underserved population. The project then features an extensive handbook for teachers on how to best support positive identity development in LGBTQIA+ adolescents with disabilities. The handbook includes a LGBTQIA+ glossary of terms; a guide to the language of disability; first-person accounts from students; tips for teachers; online role models for students; relevant organizations that support youth development; recommended books for teachers and students; and magazine articles for further reading.