The experience of disabled and non-disabled students on professional practice placements in the United Kingdom

Shirley Hill (Lead / Corresponding author), Angela Roger

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    Abstract

    There are limited comparisons between the experience of disabled students in higher education and their non-disabled peers, particularly on practice placements. This article presents the results of such a comparison, across six professional disciplines in one UK university. The results revealed that both disabled and non-disabled students reported positive placement experiences and also similar difficulties. Such difficulties were exacerbated for some disabled students, however, including as a consequence of the attitudes of others to disability. Recommendations for practice are identified that aim to enhance the placement experience of all students and to remove barriers to access.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1205-1225
    Number of pages21
    JournalDisability & Society
    Volume31
    Issue number9
    Early online date26 Oct 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Keywords

    • Disabled students
    • higher education
    • practice placements
    • professional programmes
    • student experience

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