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Identifying the Barriers and Enablers for Supporting Learners with Special Needs in Higher Education

Identifying the Barriers and Enablers for Supporting Learners with Special Needs in Higher Education
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Author(s): Peter Nicholl (University of Ulster, UK), Deryn Graham (University of Greenwich, UK), Jennifer Redpath (University of Ulster, UK), Patricia Kearney (University of Ulster, UK), Jonathan Wallace (University of Ulster, UK), Maurice Mulvenna (University of Ulster, UK), Suzanne Martin (University of Ulster, UK) and Ian Benest (University of York, UK)
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 19
Source title: Handbook of Research on Transnational Higher Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Siran Mukerji (IGNOU, India) and Purnendu Tripathi (IGNOU, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4458-8.ch024

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Abstract

This chapter provides a systematic analysis of thirteen in-depth interviews of disabled students from both universities in Northern Ireland. Undertaken as part of the Uni4U initiative hosted within the University of Ulster, the findings presented describe barriers experienced by students with disabilities to participation in higher education across both universities. The students provided comments concerning their current support provisions, barriers they have experienced, and suggestions for improvements to the service. Examination of the findings leads to three recommendations: firstly, that a network of communication should exist that encourages dialogue between all parties with an interest in the well-being of the student, with the student at the heart of these discussions and involved in all decisions; secondly, that attention must be paid to staff development especially with regard to Mental Health Issues; and finally, that in the long term the aim of institutions should be to move away from individual “reasonable adjustments” to inclusive education for all.

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