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Disability Identity Intersections with Masculinities

ByThomas J. Gerschick

In 2000, women in the United States earned more bachelor’s degrees than men for the fi rst time. According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2009, among people in the 25-29 age group, women held more advanced and professional degrees. As gender-divergence in educational degree accomplishment has expanded, so have calls for more focus on men in postsecondary education (see, for instance, Kaufman & Laker, 2007; Davis & Laker, 2004; Laker, 2003). This chapter explores the experiences of a particular group of college men: those with physical disabilities. Specifi cally, it will address the wide variety of challenges such men face, including those of negotiating acceptance, achievement, and a sense of parity with other male students. To conclude, I will off er suggestions that student life professionals can utilize to assist men with physical disabilities in successfully completing college, developing an empowered sense of manhood, establishing and cultivating meaningful male friendships, and managing multiple identities.