Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Advisor

McCaslin, Rosemary

Second Advisor

Jaworski, Beth

Third Advisor

Chang, Janet C.


The purpose of this study was to attempt to discern whether or not relationships exist between type and severity of ones disability and ones desire for a cure. The question this paper addressed is whether or not the type of disability a person has and the severity of it affects his or her identity, and ultimately, acceptance or rejection of a cure. The researcher surveyed disabled students at California State University San Bernardino about perception of their disability, its severity and intrusiveness, the extent to which their disability is integrated into their identity and their desire for a cure.