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Pages: 8536-8543
Publication year: 2017
ISBN: 978-84-617-8491-2
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2017.2019

Conference name: 11th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 6-8 March, 2017
Location: Valencia, Spain

EXPLORING WHAT VIRTUAL SUPPORTS STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES WANT

C. Anyinam1, S. Coffey2, H. Zitzelsberger2, R. Vanderlee3, C. Da Silva4, F. Smith5, C. Mohler5, F. Odette1, N. Deziel2

1George Brown College (CANADA)
2University of Ontario Institute of Technology (CANADA)
3Nipissing University (CANADA)
4York University (CANADA)
5National Educational Association for Disabled Students (CANADA)
Benefits of post-secondary education (PSE) to both individuals and more broadly to Canadian society are indisputable (Finnie, Childs, & Wismer, 2011; Public Health Agency of Canada, 2011). Evidence points to a connection between PSE and enhanced personal well-being (e.g., self-concept, self-esteem, personal and social development) and professional success (Berger & Parkin, 2009; Boothby & Drewes, 2006; Ontario Human Rights Commission). While there are calls for greater access to and support for persistence in PSE for persons with disabilities (Finnie et al.), there are not enough tangible supports that meet students’ perceived needs. The result is a continued significant under-representation of persons with disabilities in PSE in Ontario. This presentation describes the results of an online survey of students and graduates of PSE who have disabilities. Participants were invited to provide input into the development of a virtual network designed to provide support for PSE students with disabilities. Responses indicate that advocacy, accessibility, structural violence, understanding the academic world, and career success are important concepts for participants, while anonymity is a prevailing concern. Networking and social connectivity features that are positively perceived by participants include blogs, discussion boards, and mentorship opportunities. Implications of these findings in relation to the development of our virtual network will be presented.

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title = {EXPLORING WHAT VIRTUAL SUPPORTS STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES WANT},
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C. Anyinam, S. Coffey, H. Zitzelsberger, R. Vanderlee, C. Da Silva, F. Smith, C. Mohler, F. Odette, N. Deziel (2017) EXPLORING WHAT VIRTUAL SUPPORTS STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES WANT, INTED2017 Proceedings, pp. 8536-8543.
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