Exploring the Integration of Disability Awareness into Tertiary Teaching and Learning Activities

Leigh Hale, Jacques van der Meer, Gill Rutherford, Lynne Clay, Jessie Janssen, Denise Powell


A desire to have every student attending our University be aware of, and reflect on, disability in their studies and
future careers, initiated our project to explore how to enhance disability awareness within all our University’s
papers.In this project we systematically reviewed pertinent literature and ran an action research workshop for
staff. Strategies to enhance disability awareness identified in the literature and workshop were presented and
verified at an interactive conference presentation. Embedding disability awareness into curricula is challenging;
staff considered themselves powerless to bring about change in their departments, but thought that one way to do
so would be by modelling inclusive behaviour and by introducing subtle inclusive practices into papers taught.
The identified strategies may be of use to others contemplating similar curricular modifications.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5539/jel.v2n1p147


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