Perceptions of People with Disabilities: When Is Accommodation Fair?

26 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2015 Last revised: 15 Jun 2016

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Ramona L. Paetzold

Texas A&M University - Department of Management

M. Fernanda Wagstaff

University of Texas at El Paso

Adrienne Colella

Tulane University

Run Ren

Peking University

Maria Triana

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Monique Ziebro

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Date Written: July 6, 2008

Abstract

We experimentally examined fairness perceptions of accommodating people with disabilities by manipulating the granting of an accommodation, reward structure, and the best performer on a word search task. Data from 134 undergraduate students indicated that granting an accommodation was seen as less fair than not granting it, that having a person with a disability excel in performance was seen as less fair than when the person did not excel, and that fairness perceptions were lowest when the person with a disability received an accommodation and excelled in performance. Although the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is to level the playing field for people with disabilities, our results show that when an accommodation helps the requester, others think it is unfair.

Keywords: disability, Americans with Disabilities Act, ADA, procedural justice, discrimination

Suggested Citation

Paetzold, Ramona L. and Wagstaff, M. Fernanda and Colella, Adrienne and Ren, Run and Triana, Maria and Ziebro, Monique, Perceptions of People with Disabilities: When Is Accommodation Fair? (July 6, 2008). Mays Business School Research Paper No. 2627316, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2627316 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2627316

Ramona L. Paetzold

Texas A&M University - Department of Management ( email )

430 Wehner
College Station, TX 77843-4218
United States

M. Fernanda Wagstaff

University of Texas at El Paso ( email )

500 W University Ave
El Paso, TX 79902
United States

Adrienne Colella

Tulane University ( email )

6823 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
United States

Run Ren

Peking University ( email )

No. 38 Xueyuan Road
Haidian District
Beijing, Beijing 100871
China

Maria Triana (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin - Madison ( email )

716 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706-1481
United States

Monique Ziebro

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( email )

601 E John St
Champaign, IL Champaign 61820
United States

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