7.1 Disability Awareness

In the institutions I work in, the disability awareness guide (resource 1) may be used to introduce training in this subject. Staff may better understand how disabilities and accessibility may be dealt with.

In resource 1, information on various disabilties is given. This made me aware of disabilities and how these may be identified. My ignorance of such needs may not have allowed me to give the best possible educational experience to my students. For example, I never before hear of dyspraxia.

Module 1 of Resource 2, is a good guide to what a disability is,  a number of disability models are mentioned  together with myths pertaining to disabilities.

In resource 3, Rose (2005) stresses that ‘effectively encouraging disclosure during the admissions process is fundamental to ensuring that learners have appropriate adjustments in place as soon as they start their course.’ Through this statement the author is implying that disclosure of a disability should be encouraged on admission in an institution or at least later in other ‘events’. Through these initial weeks of H810, rather than recommending disclosure, I have come to think that an educational institution should focus its efforts in providing a learning context which is accessible and which provides support structures that may be used by any learner.



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