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Steve Haines and David Ruebain

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423375

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423375.001.0001

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

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

(p.130) (p.131) Seven Access to higher education for disabled students: a policy success story?
Education, disability and social policy

Sheila Riddell Elisabet Weedon

Policy Press

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

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