The Accessibility of Global Mobility for Disabled Students
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As the Western world continues to grapple with the political consequences of Brexit and the rise of right-wing, anti-globalisation politicians such as Donald Trump, creating extreme ideologies that threaten to limit individual and collective freedoms of people to study across borders, there has never been a more urgent time for Western universities to consider how they shape the experience of international students. Especially for disabled international students, the opportunity to spend an extended time residing and studying a wide range of courses in a different country is a valuable life experience. Yet, in the current political and social climate, students who have a greater set of disability or impairment-related needs but have access to limited support are generally overlooked in the university sector, more than they are in auspicious times. This chapter examined and documented the intersectional experiences of a group of 30 disabled international students in British universities. The focus of the project was the interaction of disabled international students’ multiple identities, addressing questions such as which barriers are encountered by disabled international students’ based on one of their single identities, and which other obstacles are grounded in the multiplicity of their identities. The research demonstrated that disabled international students face many of the same barriers as their disabled domestic peers and non-disabled international counterparts as well as some unique difficulties specific to disabled international students. The chapter will specifically focus on social experiences of this group of students in their university environment.
KeywordsDisabled international students University social activities Intersectionality Barriers Inclusion
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