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  1. 1. Disabled Students in Higher Education in Turkey Prof. Dr. Leyla HARPUTLU Ahi Evran University Dean of the School of Education
  2. 2. We are aware of the fact that <ul><li>some children are unfortunately born with or acquire an impairment everyday. </li></ul><ul><li>disability is not only a question of physical or mental status from childhood but may occur to anyone through accidents, illnesses or conflicts during a life time </li></ul>
  3. 3. We must also be aware of the fact that : <ul><li>we have responsibilities to ensure that every child gets the best start in life and the ongoing support that they and their families need to allow them to fulfill their potential. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>value the lives of people with disabilities in Turkey, </li></ul><ul><li>avoid the negative stereotypes about people with disabilities as suffering, uneducated individuals in need of assistance to end our lives, Bullets go in here </li></ul><ul><li>supports people with disabilities their constitutional rights to equality, personal security, and human dignity, </li></ul><ul><li>promote a positive image of persons with disabilities as contributing members of Turkish society, </li></ul>Therefore, we must
  5. 5. <ul><li>The present situation of disabled students at Ahi Evran University </li></ul>
  6. 6. 1. Policy <ul><li>Disability legislation (2005) </li></ul><ul><li>A Directive on Disability in Higher Education (June 2006) </li></ul><ul><li>A platform for disability advisers/ coordinators/ </li></ul><ul><li>A Turkish students with disability e-group (since March 2009) </li></ul>
  7. 7. 2. Disabled students at the University <ul><ul><li>There is 1 disabled students out of the total enrollment of 2 200. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Disabled student is a male students. Physical and visual impairments are mentioned. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. 3. Entrance requirements and programmes availabl e <ul><li>Entrance requirements are the same for all, i.e. scoring the required grade results in the University Entrance Examination. </li></ul>
  9. 9. 4. Problems encountered and future plans <ul><li>We have no equipment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Braillers, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Braille paper, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>tape recorders, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>empty cassettes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A digital library GETEM </li></ul>
  10. 10. 5. Additional support <ul><li>Support to disabled students is very minimal. </li></ul>
  11. 11. 6. Study career
  12. 12. 7. Facilities for the disabled students and interaction <ul><li>No computer to facilitate the learning of blind student. </li></ul><ul><li>Ideally we need staff and special paper for printing limit the use of this facility. </li></ul>
  13. 13. 8. Co-operation <ul><li>No co-operation with other universities, </li></ul><ul><li>neither it has liaised with any disabled association </li></ul>
  14. 14. Suggestions <ul><li>Disability Support at University should be implemented. </li></ul><ul><li>An advisory group should work at university level, preparing information, organizing training, collecting information and producing reports.  </li></ul>
  15. 15. Suggestions <ul><li>Standards should be developed in consultation with representatives from the full range of participants whose experiences and needs must be considered.  </li></ul><ul><li>Standards should be set for the teaching, assessment and examinations and general conditions for students with disabilities at faculties across the university. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Suggestions <ul><li>Access is about reaching information as well as places: access to materials, and architectural access.  Physical access must consider the needs of all, including people with chronic illness, unseen disabilities, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>All common buildings (student affairs, rectorate, library, canteen, health centre, etc) should be physically accessible.  A number of dormitory places should be accessible; all dormitories entrances should for accessible. </li></ul>