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Presentation from 2014 ACPA Convention:
Students with Disabilities Persisting Through Higher Education: Their Perspective

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Acpa 2014 presentation jackie koerner

  1. 1. Students with Disabilities Persisting Through Higher Education Jackie Koerner
 Ph.D. Candidate at Saint Louis University Their Perspective
  2. 2. Learning Outcomes Recall the issues students with disabilities frequently face while attending higher education ! Identify themes from students with disabilities who persisted in higher education and illustrate how those themes attributed to their challenges or successes in higher education ! Appraise the information in regard to the situation at their own campus and evaluate how this information will impact their role at their own campus ! Design a plan of action for improving inclusion of students with disabilities on their campus
  3. 3. Why this topic? Starting out, I knew my topic would always encompass students with disabilities. ! During the literature review process, unfortunately I found that the perspectives of students with disabilities in literature hard to find. ! Many articles talked about students with disabilities without actually surveying or talking to the students with disabilities.
  4. 4. What I found out so far…
  5. 5. Transition Preparation Rough first year academically
 IEP supported them so well during high school. ! Failure to make social connections
 This includes relationships with faculty, staff and peers. ! Others not accepting my needs as a learner
 ADA and 504 just ensure access, not accommodation. ! Need to move institutions or closer to home
 Moving to a new community means leaving home and support services.
  6. 6. Stigma Students with disabilities sometimes view higher education as a new beginning. ! They chose to not disclose due to the stigma associated with disability.
  7. 7. “About two-thirds of postsecondary students with disabilities receive no accommodations from their schools, primarily because their schools are unaware of their disabilities.” -After High School: A First Look at the Post School Experiences of Youth with Disabilities
  8. 8. Self-Advocacy Students are provided accommodations by law through high school graduation. ! Their educators, parents and occupational therapists take care of the planning. ! The students with disabilities then graduate not knowing their needs as learners… or not being confident in articulating their needs.
  9. 9. Students who felt confident about who they are disclosed their disabilities in a decisive manner, they knew the kinds of support or accommodations they need, and they didn't hesitate to tell the instructor. –Delta Gamma Kappa Bulletin, Summer 2007
  10. 10. Collaborative Support The one office model. ! Students with disabilities expressed frustration with the institution population on the whole for not being aware of accommodations, disabilities, and basic awareness. ! One study showed 77% of faculty on campus wanted to know more about serving students with disabilities.
  11. 11. Inclusive Education Students with disabilities often felt excluded. ! Singled out as needing services. ! Exasperation toward faculty and staff.
  12. 12. Universal Instructional Design Students with disabilities expressed how luxurious it was to be in a classroom or course with accommodations built in.
  13. 13. What can we do?
  14. 14. Transition Preparation Specific first-year programs ! Relationships with local high schools ! Educate about self-advocacy and students with disabilities on your campus. ! Create safe spaces for students ! Know services in community for students with disabilities
  15. 15. Stigma Many students expressed a desire to avoid stigma associated with having a disability. ! How can we break the stigma?
  16. 16. Self-Advocacy Help students explore their needs as a: ! learner ! campus community member ! general society member ! future employee
  17. 17. Collaborative Support Make inclusion something for everyone
 Faculty, Staff, and Students ! Remember educating the whole student? ! Make that into supporting the whole student at your campus!
  18. 18. Inclusive Education Students with disabilities benefit from being in the classroom with their peers without disabilities. ! The same goes for the other way around.
  19. 19. Universal Instructional Design Learning should be a right, not a luxury. ! Make materials more accessible for all. ! This includes the whole campus ideally.
  20. 20. Issues
  21. 21. Themes from the Issues
  22. 22. Items for the Bucket List
  23. 23. Action Item(s)