Location of Repository

Higher education provision for students with disabilities in Cyprus

By Kika Hadjikakou and Dimitra Hartas

Abstract

Internationally, the number of students with disabilities entering higher education institutions is on the rise. Research estimates that 8–10% of students attending higher education are registered with disability, with learning difficulties being the most commonly reported disability. Widening participation in higher education has been supported by legislative changes, inclusive education practices, the use of ICT and accessible facilities and programs and, ultimately, an increasing belief among students with disabilities that higher education maximizes their opportunities for employment and independent living. Within the Cypriot context, research on disability, access and provision in higher education is limited. This study was a part of a large-scale study (PERSEAS) funded by the EU. From the original sample, 15 students attending private higher education institutions in Cyprus reported disability (i.e., sensory impairment, dyslexia, physical disabilities) and were selected for focus group discussions. Also, interviews and focus groups were conducted with the Headmasters and teachers, respectively, in 10 private higher education institutions. This study yielded interesting results regarding the current state of provision (e.g., concessions for exams and assignments, infrastructure, teaching modification, counseling services) as well as issues of social inclusion, equality of opportunity and entitlement to education. \u

Topics: LC
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:573

Suggested articles

Preview

Citations

  1. (1999). A consultative paper on Higher Education Qualifications Frameworks for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (EWNI) and for Scotland. Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
  2. (2001). A follow-up of the national working party survey of dyslexia provision in UK universities.
  3. (2001). Current status on accommodating students with disabilities in selected community and technical colleges.
  4. Disability Rights Commission (2002). Code of Practice: post-16 education and related services. Available online: http://www.drcgb.org/publicationsandreports/publication.
  5. (1997). Disability Support Services for Community College Students. Los Angeles, CA: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges.
  6. (2002). Dyslexia and Inclusion: Assessment and Support doi
  7. (1990). Focus groups: Theory and practice. doi
  8. (1999). Funding Council for England (HEFCE) doi
  9. (1999). Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) doi
  10. (1999). Getting round obstacles: disabled students’ experiences in higher education in Scotland. doi
  11. (2004). Incorporating disabled students within an inclusive higher education environment. doi
  12. (1987). Keeping LD students in college. doi
  13. (2007). Managing disability: early experiences of university students with disabilities. doi
  14. (2005). of Education and Culture doi
  15. (2004). Policy and provision for disabled students in higher education in Scotland and England: the current state of play. doi
  16. (1994). Research methods in education. doi
  17. (2001). Special Educational Needs and Disability Act. Skill: National Bureau for Students with Disabilities. Available online: http://www.skill.org.uk (Accessed on doi
  18. (2006). Statistics of education. Nicosia: Printing Office of the Republic of Cyprus.
  19. (2006). The Cypriot young people’s transition from private and public higher education to the job market Unpublished manuscript.
  20. (2001). The experiences of higher education from the perspective of disabled students. doi
  21. (1996). The Tomlinson Report – Inclusive Learning, Report of the Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities Committee. Further Education Funding Council Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities Committee (FEFCE). doi

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.