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Social Inclusion Community of Practice

Published 10 Mar 2017

Event: STAR CoP and SI CoP presentation and discussion -  'Aspirations for a university life - panel discussion with students with disability.'

Date and Time: 6 April 2017, 12pm-1:30pm

Location: Video Conference Rooms:

Cradle Coast - MR.AK07.L01.159 - CC.B159.Video Conference Room
Sandy Bay - SB.AX17.L02.210 - SB.SocSci210 Video Conf/Seminar room
Newnham - NH.BF24.L00.023 - NH.A023 Video Conference Rm

Australia has embarked on the largest social reform since Medicare with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS will provide people who have a permanent and significant disability with reasonable and necessary supports to enable them to live the life they choose. It is envisaged that this reform will broaden the career aspirations of people with disability. Why do some students with disability choose to study at University and how do they go about choosing what course is right for them.

This panel of current University of Tasmania students with disability will explore the choices they have made to undertake university study. What factors did they take into account? Who and what influenced their decision? What role did their parents and schools play? What challenges have they needed to overcome?  What factors enable their success? What more is there to do to enhance their experience?

Following the panel, a discussion on recent research by Sue Kilpatrick, Susan Johns, Robin Barnes, Darlene McLennan and Sarah Fischer on Exploring the Retention and Success of Students with Disability will be held. This research developed 16 guiding principles for good practice to support retention and success of students with disability (attached) and we anticipate the discussion to identify ways in which these can be implemented here at UTAS.  The discussion will start with a short overview of the research and key findings.