Secondary and higher education

Secondary and higher education is formal education beyond the compulsory level. It can be a gateway to a productive and fulfilled life for young people with disabilities; however many do not have the opportunity to participate, especially in low and middle income countries It is essential that secondary and higher education is inclusive to enable youth and young adults with disabilities the opportunity for enrolment, participation and learning. This is supported by article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

This keylist features resources that support inclusive secondary and higher education. We welcome your feedback: please send comments or suggested additions to sourceassistant@hi-uk.org.

Selected resources

Books, reports, etc

A new approach to improving education and training services for tertiary students with disabilities

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ,EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS

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"This project sought to take an alternative view of disability service provision for the educational and learning needs of students in tertiary institutions. In looking at these issues, this project focused on the issue of flexibility within mainstream, on-campus educational and training programmes and drew a distinction between these and other learning programmes such as distance education and courses that are solely delivered electronically or on-line...This project report consists of four main sections. An Introduction including purpose, background and rationale, and structure. A review of the significant literature available on the issue of disability and education programme design and particularly the experience of students with disabilities. A report on a survey of teaching and disability staff’s views on FTL (Flexible teaching and learning) and disability. An outline of some practical resources for disability and teaching staff in the area of FTL that have eventuated from the project"

Equal opportunities in higher education for students with disabilities : examples of good practice

HURST, Alan,
TYNAN, Anne
Eds
2007

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"This best practice guide is designed to cover two important aspects relating to higher education and disability. These are accessibility of higher education and possibilities to lead an independent life by students with disabilities. Within each aspect, we have chosen topics that we believe to be important and in which we can share examples of good practice and propose further improvements. Each topic contains examples of good practice from each partner country, namely Germany, Poland and Slovenia. Examples of good practice are followed by proposals for further development and improvement"

Good practice guidelines for the providers of support and services for students with disabilities in higher education

MCKERNAN, Connie
2008

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These guidelines were written "for the provision of supports and services for students with disabilities in higher education. These guidelines aim to create a better understanding of the needs of students with disabilities and help to promote inclusive practice across institutions. Included in the guidelines are practical examples, case studies and recommendations"

Provision for students with disabilities in higher education

HEGARTY, Seamus
1999

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This report is the result of a survey of disabled students in 40 universities in different regions of the world. The survey covered number of disabled students, the support they receive, their environment, social activities, transition to adulthood and students' future plans

Towards inclusive practices in secondary education

MAGRAB, Phyllis
et al
2003

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"This study is about secondary schools that have changed the ways in which supports and services are provided to all students, including those with disabilities. The schools and countries were selected to represent a diverse view of inclusive practices in secondary schools in countries from different regions of the world. The study provides examples of how schools have begun to implement change towards providing inclusive environments. Each case study provides issues to consider in the relationship between inclusive practices and the structuring of secondary school education"

Transition planning guide : for students with disabilities and their families

ALBERTA GOVERNMENT
2007

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The purpose of this guide is to provide young disabled people and their parents with important information that can ease the transition into post-secondary education. It aims to address the issues that are unique to disabled students and their parents as they prepare for this transition. This work would be useful to anyone with an interest in inclusive education

Understanding the interaction of competence standards and reasonable adjustments

HEWLETT, Katherine,
NIGHTINGALE, Christine,
STEVENS, Tony
July 2015

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“Higher education institutions (HEIs) have responsibility for developing non-discriminatory competence standards, and designing a study programme to address these competence standards. HEIs also have the responsibility to ensure that assessment methods address the competence standards. Adjustments to ways that competence standards are assessed may be required so that disabled students are not put at a disadvantage in demonstrating their achievement. This guidance aims to support HEIs meet these institutional and legal responsibilities, and promote disability equality” by providing information and examples on key areas. The guidance will be of use to all staff involved in developing and assessing competence standards

Serials

Websites

Inclusive teaching, learning and assessment

PLYMOUTH UNIVERSITY

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This online guide to the inclusive education policy of Plymouth University highlights the policies and directives that have been undertaken to ensure that there is a barrier-free access to education for all of its students. This accessible guide presents inclusive learning and teaching to support staff with the continual process of reflection and engagement with what inclusivity means for their subject, school or faculty and their students. It contains research-informed resources, guidance and videos about inclusive teaching and learning