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(Un)limited opportunities? : access and participation of students with disabilities at the University of Twente.

Koelewijn, S.K. (2015) (Un)limited opportunities? : access and participation of students with disabilities at the University of Twente.

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Abstract:Institutions of higher education are often challenged by the prospect of providing an inclusive institutional environment for students with disabilities to maximize their potential. With the introduction of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) access to and participation in education became a basic human right for all, including people with a disability. This research examined the ability of the University of Twente to offer an inclusive environment for students with disability by building upon the theory of equality of opportunity, the social model of disability and prior research on the inclusion with disabilities aswell national and international legislations and guidelines. The results concerning the participation and access of students with disabilities were focused around three key areas: the educational model that was exclusionary in structure, the arbitrary nature of being granted adaptations and the general lack of awareness and empathy experienced by students with disabilities. Assessing the results compared to the CRPD, European Disability Strategy 2010-2020, and the Commission Maatstaf it became clear that the level of cultural and structural inclusion is currently sub-par and that the institution is at this point unable to offer equal opportunity to students with disabilities on a structural basis.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/67967
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