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Tuesday, June 21 • 13:30 - 15:45
PRE-CON.B.05 (long) - Deconstructing Accessibility in Graduate Education for Students with Disabilities

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Universities report dramatic increases in the number of requests for accommodation by graduate students with disabilities and in the complexity of the accommodation issues needing to be addressed (Rose, 2010). There are multiple barriers for students attending graduate education; however, these barriers are increased and exacerbated for students who have a disability (Teichman, 2010). Available literature describing these issues is limited in scope (Teichman, 2010, Perez, 2013). Therefore, there is a significant requirement to have a detailed understanding, both quantitative and qualitative, of the experiences of trainees with disabilities in the research enterprise.

This session will focus on the major myths and perceptions surrounding the experience of graduate students with disabilities. These include: the disconnect between training in academic integrity issues and institutional perceptions around impact of accommodations on academic integrity; ability to achieve “necessary competencies” of training programs and disciplines; nature and cost of research accommodations and undue hardship; differences between accommodation requirements of undergraduate education and research training environments; and, the importance of faculty education in understanding complexities of the interface between disability issues and research training. By addressing these myths, we hope that session attendees will take away strategies for enhancing student preparedness for and active participation in their graduate education, which will lead to increased potential for success of graduate students with disabilities in their programs of study and chosen careers. Finally, the crucial need for collaboration among stakeholders across the higher education landscape in fostering the success of graduate students with disabilities highlights the importance of the conversation we propose, and its relevance to the pre-conference theme of “Academic Programs: Pathways, Transfer and Collaboration.”


Mahadeo Sukhai

Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai is Canada’s first blind biomedical researcher, and is the Chair and Principle Investigator of the National Taskforce on the Experience of Graduate Students with Disabilities and its associated research projects. Dr. Sukhai’s research interests and publications... Read More →

Tuesday June 21, 2016 13:30 - 15:45 EDT
M3009 Fanshawe College

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