Special Education M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Wolkerstorfer, Jodi

Second Reader

Bethany Sahli;


Research regarding the effects of extracurricular activities on youth is abundant and clear: extracurricular activities benefit students. Some even suggest the benefits go far beyond the high school experience and can have a profound and positive influence on adulthood. However, school-organized extracurriculars often leave out many in their school population, such as their students with disabilities. This thesis examines the effects of extracurriculars on secondary students and the need for all adolescents to feel socially accepted. It discusses how extracurriculars can provide the feeling of social acceptance for both students of typical development and those with disabilities. Finally, it provides an example application that demonstrates how educators can bring students of typical development and students with disabilities together to create positive school culture, more opportunities for students with disabilities, and make the long-term benefits of extracurriculars available to everyone.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis