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Access to higher education for disabled students: a policy success story?

Sheila Riddell Elisabet Weedon

in Education, disability and social policy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9781847423375
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302186 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847423375.003.0007
Access to higher education for disabled students: a policy success story?

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This chapter provides an outline of the progress made by disabled students in accessing higher education for the past twenty years. It states that despite the evident gains, it has become clear that disabled students continue to face a series of disadvantages, including physical access and the negotiation of identity. These points are illustrated through the experiences of a student who is diagnosed with dyslexia, as she struggles with her views of disability and the discriminatory attitudes and practices she encounters. The chapter concludes with some reflections on the struggle faced by disabled students, on the basis of some possible policy trends.

Keywords: higher education; access; physical access; negotiation of identity; discriminatory attitudes; policy trends

Chapter.  5939 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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