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1. Adams, Kirk. Journeys Through Rough Country: An Ethnographic Study of Blind Adults Successfully Employed in American Corporations.

Degree: PhD, Leadership and Change, 2019, Antioch University

Blind and visually impaired people in the United States face a dire employment situation within professional careers and corporate employment. The purpose of this research study was to gain insights into the phenomenon of employment of blind people through analyzing the lived experience of successfully employed blind adults through ethnographic interviews. Previous research has shown that seven out of ten blind adults are not in the workforce, that a large percentage of those who are employed consider themselves underemployed, and that these numbers have not improved over time. Missing from previous research were insights into the conditions leading to successful and meaningful employment for blind adults. My top research questions were: what experiences and relationships were most significant in the lives of successfully employed blind adults in U.S. corporations, and what the most significant factors were, from employers’ perspectives, leading to these successes. Based on semi-structured interviews of 11 blind adults who self-identified as successfully and meaningfully employed in corporate America, I found successfully employed blind adults have largely forged their own paths, with family support, valuable knowledge, skills, and abilities, and a strong sense of agency playing crucial roles. Corporate inclusion of blind employees is in its infancy. The implications for social change revolve around changing societal perceptions of the capabilities of blind people, transforming corporate cultures to ones of integration rather than differentiation, and building family, school, community, and service provider mechanisms to instill a strong sense of agency in young blind people. My recommendations to others are to focus on a leveraging difference framework of diversity and inclusion, in which every individual is valued for their unique characteristics, and make sure that blind people are positioned to be part of this societal transformation. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA: Antioch University Repository and Archive, http://aura.antioch.edu/, and OhioLINK ETD Center, https://etd.ohiolink.edu/. Advisors/Committee Members: Essed, Philomena (Committee Chair).

Subjects/Keywords: Biographies; Education; Educational Leadership; Families and Family Life; Individual and Family Studies; Minority and Ethnic Groups; Multicultural Education; Personal Relationships; Public Administration; Public Health; Public Health Education; Public Policy; Rehabilitation; Social Work; Special Education; Vocational Education; Business Community; Business Administration; Business Costs; Business Education; Blind; Visually Impaired; BVI; Blind Employment; Unemployment; Corporations; Disabilities; PWD; Leveraging Differences; Diversity; Ethnography; Success; Compensation; Agency; Identity Formation; Accommodations; Accessibility; Inclusivity

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APA (6th Edition):

Adams, K. (2019). Journeys Through Rough Country: An Ethnographic Study of Blind Adults Successfully Employed in American Corporations. (Doctoral Dissertation). Antioch University. Retrieved from http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=antioch1552066999409903

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Adams, Kirk. “Journeys Through Rough Country: An Ethnographic Study of Blind Adults Successfully Employed in American Corporations.” 2019. Doctoral Dissertation, Antioch University. Accessed March 20, 2019. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=antioch1552066999409903.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Adams, Kirk. “Journeys Through Rough Country: An Ethnographic Study of Blind Adults Successfully Employed in American Corporations.” 2019. Web. 20 Mar 2019.

Vancouver:

Adams K. Journeys Through Rough Country: An Ethnographic Study of Blind Adults Successfully Employed in American Corporations. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Antioch University; 2019. [cited 2019 Mar 20]. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=antioch1552066999409903.

Council of Science Editors:

Adams K. Journeys Through Rough Country: An Ethnographic Study of Blind Adults Successfully Employed in American Corporations. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Antioch University; 2019. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=antioch1552066999409903

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