Universities Can Do More to Support Students with Disability
Author: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) | Contact: uoc.edu
Peer-Reviewed Publication: Yes | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2022.101991
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Synopsis: A study by experts at the UOC explores the outlook and perceptions of students with disabilities within the context of an online university. Every student has different needs. While students with apparent disabilities emphasize self-sufficiency and normalization of their presence at the university as students with acknowledged rights, those with hidden disabilities (like mental disorders and learning challenges) focus on avoiding stigma and increasing credibility. Many students avoid stigmatization by staying invisible, not standing out, and not disclosing their disability. However, this often has negative consequences as, if they don’t tell their status, they can’t access the adaptations they need, or do so too late, which hurts their academic results.
In recent decades, the number of university students with some disability has been progressively increasing due to the more favorable social environment. Despite this progress, these students still face numerous challenges in the academic world.
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