Special Issue "Policies and Practice to Support Students with Disabilities"
A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2024 | Viewed by 130
Interests: developmental disabilities; disabilities and civil rights; diversity and inclusion; other health sciences; participation
Interests: disability; disability policy; inclusion for people with disabilities; local government; sign language
Interests: disability; dementia care
Interests: disability; disabilities in higher educations
Interests: dementia care; disability; health promotion; innovation in the public sector; mental health services; occupational therapy; occupational science; other health sciences; public health
Interests: work inclusion for people with disabilities; welfare technology; occupational rehabilitation; participation and inclusion
The inclusion, or lack thereof, of students with disabilities in higher education has been extensively discussed by politicians, educators, and researchers over the last 20 years. Regardless, many disabled students receive insufficient support from public authorities/educational institutions, which have struggled to create inclusive learning environments for the growing student population. While physical barriers to learning are part of the problem, it is often social, attitudinal, and organizational barriers created by actors and policies within these environments that hinder inclusion in higher education. Not all disabilities are visible, meaning that some students’ struggles may go undetected. Further, mental health problems and neuropsychiatric disorders are becoming increasingly prevalent in students, warranting immediate implementation of inclusive practices and support systems.
This Special Issue will address how policies and practices promote, or hinder, the support and inclusion of disabled students in higher education. Greater emphasis should be placed on how external factors such as socio-political concerns and ableist attitudes influence these students’ daily activities. Diversity and equality require a greater research focus. Rather than investigating individual challenges faced by disabled students, we ought to critically investigate and challenge the systematic barriers to inclusion that exist on a broader level. We need more focus on human rights, related to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in which “disability results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others” (United Nations, 2006, p.1). Emphasizing inclusive higher education can create new knowledge that may promote economic, social, and political participation for disabled people, as well as offering a relevant labour supply for nations.
We are seeking submissions that address this need for inclusive education and present a wide range of perspectives about the policies and practices required to support students with disabilities. Both qualitative and quantitative studies are welcome.
(United Nations 2006) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, United Nations, 2006, p.1. Website: https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities/preamble.html.
Dr. Aud Elisabeth Witsø
Dr. Odd Morten Mjøen
Dr. Gemma Goodall
Dr. Eli Langørgen
Dr. Sissel Horghagen
Dr. Lisbeth Kvam
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- students with disabilities
- higher education