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The Problems of Success: how to meet the expectations of increasing numbers of disabled students

Walker, Mike (2009) The Problems of Success: how to meet the expectations of increasing numbers of disabled students. In: Degrees of Independence: Providing inclusive learning in Higher Education, 16th - 17th April 2009, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK. (Unpublished)

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The last thirty years have seen vast changes in the lives of disabled people, we have progressed from passive recipients of 'care' to active directors of our own budgets. This has opened new opportunities for disabled people and a choice many have made is to enter higher education. The increasing numbers of disabled students and our changing expectations is placing universities in an increasingly difficult situation. The system that has developed is based upon detailed expert assessments and disability departments that are attempting to provide 'Rolls Royce' services. While this may have worked when the numbers of disabled students were few, with increasing numbers this system is beginning to breakdown, delays in assessments, delays in LEAs paying invoices are common experiences for students. DSA is increasingly out of step with disabled students who use Direct Payments, we expect to have the power to make our own choices and not be limited to what our university has chosen to supply.

In this paper I intend to explore how we can fulfil our broader pedagogic role by enabling disabled students to gain experience of managing their own budgets and making their own choice, while working with limited resources and increasing student numbers.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: The idea for the conference arose from a Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund (TQEF) research project in the School of Human and Health Sciences on ‘Enhancing transitions for disabled students’. The project had funding for dissemination, and it was decided that a vibrant, student-centred event for disabled students would be in keeping with the spirit of the project. Working closely with the University of Huddersfield Students’ Union, a two day event was planned, to provide opportunities for student-only space as well as for students to present academic papers alongside staff. The first day was student-led event, and the second a more traditional academic conference, sharing the same themes and concerns. In keeping with the aim of the conference, the TQEF funding was used to provide free places for students (and their personal assistants) and also free accommodation, to allow students from outside the region to attend
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Graham Stone
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2010 13:06
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 22:06


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