Advertisement

Barriers and Enablers to Inclusion of University Students with Disabilities in India and Australia

  • Poulomee DattaEmail author
  • Santoshi Halder
  • Joy Talukdar
  • Tania Aspland
Chapter

Abstract

This study identified the barriers and enablers experienced by students with disabilities to access and participation in university environments in two different countries—India and Australia. It further provided insights into some effective strategies that can facilitate the full inclusion of such students in university settings. Semi-structured open-ended student interviews were the method of data collection. The participants were 16 first- to third-year university students in India and Australia who were diagnosed with visual, hearing, or physical impairment. These findings have implications for stakeholders for policy and practice level planning in inclusion for students with disabilities in university settings.

Keywords

Barriers Enablers Students with disabilities Full inclusion University settings 

References

  1. Barazandeh, G. (2005). Attitudes Toward Disabilities and Reasonable Accommodation at the University. The Undergraduate Research Journal, 7, 1–12.Google Scholar
  2. Bonela, G. (2014). Does Inclusive Higher Education Can Help for Physical Disability Handicapped People in India? A Comparative Analysis. International Journal of Research in Applied, Natural and Social Sciences, 2(5), 1–16.Google Scholar
  3. Creswell, J. W. (2008). Educational Research: Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Quantitative and Qualitative Research (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.Google Scholar
  4. Crosling, G., Heagney, M., & Thomas, L. (2009). Improving Student Retention in Higher Education: Improving Teaching and Learning. Australian Universities’ Review, 51(2), 9–18.Google Scholar
  5. Dutta, A., Scguri-Geist, C., & Kundu, M. (2009). Coordination of Postsecondary Transition Services for Students with Disability. Journal of Rehabilitation, 75(1), 10–17.Google Scholar
  6. Foreman, P., Dempsey, I., Robinson, G., & Manning, E. (2001). Characteristics, Academic and Post-university Outcomes of Students with a Disability at the University of Newcastle. Higher Education Research & Development, 20(3), 313–325.  https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360120108386.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Fuller, M., Bradley, A., & Healey, M. (2004). Incorporating Disabled Students Within an Inclusive Higher Education Environment. Disability & Society, 19(5), 455–468.  https://doi.org/10.1080/0968759042000235307.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Fuller, M., Healey, M., Bradley, A., & Hall, T. (2004). Barriers to Learning: A Systematic Study of the Experience of Disabled Students in One University. Studies in Higher Education, 29(3), 303–318.Google Scholar
  9. Goode, J. (2007). Managing’ Disability: Early Experiences of University Students with Disabilities. Disability & Society, 22(1), 35–48.  https://doi.org/10.1080/09687590601056204.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Hadley, W. M. (2006). L.D. Students’ Access to Higher Education: Self-Advocacy and Support. Journal of Developmental Education, 30(2), 10–16.Google Scholar
  11. Halder, S., & Datta, P. (2012). An Exploration into Self Concept: A Comparative Analysis Between the Adolescents Who Are Sighted and Blind in India. British Journal of Visual Impairment, 30(1), 31–41.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Hyde, M., Punch, R., Power, D., Hartley, J., Neale, J., & Brennan, L. (2009). The Experiences of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students at a Queensland University: 1985–2005. Higher Education Research and Development, 28(1), 85–98.Google Scholar
  13. Johnson, A. L. (2006). Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary Education: Barriers to Success and Implication to Professionals. Vistas Online. Retrieved August 31, 2010, from http://counselingoutfitters.com/vistas10.
  14. Jung, K. E. (2003). Chronic Illness and Academic Accommodation: Meeting Disabled “Unique Needs” and Preserving the Institutional Order of the University. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 30(1), 91–112.Google Scholar
  15. Kraska, M. (2003). Postsecondary Students with Disabilities and Perception of Faculty Members. The Journal for Vocational Special Needs Education, 25(2), 11–19.Google Scholar
  16. Lang, H. G. (2002). Higher Education for Deaf Students: Research Priorities in the New Millennium. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 7(4), 267–280.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. McKenzie, K., & Schweitzer, R. (2001). Who Succeeds at University? Factors Predicting Academic Performance in First Year Australian University Students. Higher Education Research & Development, 20(1), 21–23.Google Scholar
  18. Mpofu, E., & Wilson, K. (2004). Opportunity Structure and Transition Practices with Students with Disabilities: The Role of Family, Culture, and Community. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 35(2), 9–16.Google Scholar
  19. National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP). (2004). Research Study on Present Education Scenario. Delhi: NCPEDP.Google Scholar
  20. Nidhi, S. (2015). Education of Children with Disabilities in India and Pakistan: An Analysis of Developments Since 2000. Programme and Meeting Document, Background Paper Prepared for Education for All, Global Monitoring Report, UNESCO.Google Scholar
  21. Parliament of Australia. (2004). Completed Inquiries 2002–04. Chapter 6 – Disabilities and Post-secondary Education. Retrieved from https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Education_Employment_and_Workplace_Relations/Completed_inquiries/2002-04/ed_students_withdisabilities/report/c06.
  22. Powell, D., Hyde, M., & Punch, R. (2013). Inclusion in Postsecondary Institutions with Small Number of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students: Highlights and Challenges. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 19(1), 126–140.Google Scholar
  23. Ryan, J., & Struhs, J. (2004). University Education for All? Barriers to Full Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Australian Universities. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 8(1), 73–90.  https://doi.org/10.1080/1360311032000139421.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  24. Shevlin, M., Kenny, M., & McNeela, E. (2004). Participation in Higher Education for Students with Disabilities: An Irish Perspective. Disability & Society, 19(1), 15–30.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  25. Shiu, S. (2001). Issues in the Education of Students with Chronic Illness. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 48(3), 269–281.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  26. Vickers, M. H. (2001). Unseen Chronic Illness and Work: Authentic Stories from “Women In-Between”. Women in Management Review, 16(2), 62–74.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  27. World Bank. (2007). People with Disabilities in India: From Commitments to Outcomes. New Delhi: Human Development Unit. South Asia Region. Available at http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INDIAEXTN/Resources/295583-1171456325808/DISABILITYREPORTFINALNOV2007.pdf. Accessed December 28, 2011.

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Poulomee Datta
    • 1
    Email author
  • Santoshi Halder
    • 2
  • Joy Talukdar
    • 1
  • Tania Aspland
    • 1
  1. 1.Australian Catholic UniversitySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Department of EducationUniversity of CalcuttaKolkataIndia

Personalised recommendations