Consciousness Awakening and Technology Enabling: A Case Study of Self-supporting of Persons with Visual Impairments in Inclusive Higher Education

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Cong Cai
Fengming Cui
Xiaoming Chang

Keywords

inclusive higher education, visual impairment, students with visual impairments, disability awareness, accessibility, organizations of persons with disabilities

Abstract

This case study investigates the experience of students with visual impairments in pursuing inclusive higher education in China through the assistance of technology, analyzes the development of higher education for persons with disabilities from segregation to inclusion,  addresses attitudinal and environmental barriers to the equal participation of persons with disabilities, and the impact of local organizations of persons with disabilities on promoting equal rights in inclusive education through their professional support and strategic advocacy work. Through in in-depth interview of a student with visual impairment in her college and graduate programs, the results of the study indicate her problem-solving approaches to overcome some barriers to independent living, academic achievements, and full inclusion in social life activities. This study reveals the urgent need for the development of a system of disability support in higher education institutes for equal participation in inclusive education.   

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