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    A whole-campus approach to technology and inclusion of students with disabilities in higher education in Ireland

    Zorec, Klavdija and Desmond, Deirdre and Boland, Trevor and McNicholl, Aoife and O’Connor, Anne and Stafford, Gillian and Gallagher, Pamela (2024) A whole-campus approach to technology and inclusion of students with disabilities in higher education in Ireland. Disability & Society, 39 (5). pp. 1147-1172. ISSN 0968-7599

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    The increasing demand for equitable higher education necessitates changes in how to consider and develop inclusive university settings. Using a systems-thinking lens, this article examines the whole-campus approach to technology and inclusion of college students with disabilities in Ireland. In-depth interviews with students with disabilities and other stakeholders representing higher education, non-profit organizations, and government bodies uncovered critical areas and dynamics for understanding and building institution-wide capacity for overcoming barriers to technology and access, and creating a systemic culture of inclusion in higher education. Five themes were identified: equity of technology-based access; shared responsibility and accountability; staff knowledge development; institutional commitment and management; and student partnership. The study indicated that embedding guidance, recognition and expectations for universal design, technology-inclusive practice, and meaningful input of students with disabilities across all areas of university life would help to cultivate more equitable higher education for all.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Disability; technology; inclusion; higher education; whole-campus approach; universal design;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > Human Health Institute
    Item ID: 18668
    Identification Number:
    Depositing User: Dr. Deirdre Desmond
    Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2024 15:17
    Journal or Publication Title: Disability & Society
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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