What problems? No problems! Disabled people studying or working within an engineering-based environment

Hopkins, Christopher and Eley, Robert (2001) What problems? No problems! Disabled people studying or working within an engineering-based environment. In: Progress 1. Student Progression and Retention in Engineering, 18-20 October 2001, Hull, UK.


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Despite a lack of data within the public domain it is clear that persons with disabilities are severely disadvantaged in their education choices and career decisions. Figures indicate that percentages of disabled persons in HE are generally 3-4% of the overall student population (1).

The LTSN Engineering Disability Project, established May 2001, has two main objectives. Firstly, the production of booklets for the benefit of both disabled and non-disabled students and employees. Each booklet will contain case studies of disabled people who study and/or work within engineering and also academics within the discipline who support disabled people. Secondly, a study day (Loughborough University, 8 April 2002) will allow disabled and non-disabled engineers alike, to meet and discuss the relevance of recent legislation on accessibility of education and careers in engineering to disabled people.

Over the coming years UK universities must actively demonstrate that they can provide their usual range of services to disabled people. Current and intending disabled students need no longer be recipients of an institution’s good practice alone, but may begin to use the full weight of the law to force HE institutions to make reasonable adjustments in every area of the traditional student experience.

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Additional Information: This conference was funded by the Learning and Teaching Support Network in the UK. All electronic resources from the LTSN are available completely free of charge to anyone. The proceedings is published electronically and no approval will be required to use the pdf file.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:51
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: Student retention, disability
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1753

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