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ERIC Number: EJ1066321
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Developing and Implementing an Accreditation Scheme for Disability Services Staff in Post-Compulsory Education in the United Kingdom
Hurst, Alan
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v28 n1 p9-24 Spr 2015
In the United Kingdom (UK), policy and provision for students with disabilities in post-compulsory education has made considerable progress in a relatively short time. This growth has been aided by several factors, arguably the most significant being the introduction of legal requirements in 1995. Many institutions and organisations have tried to ensure that what this neglected group of students receives goes beyond legally required equality of access to include best current practices of the highest quality. Other developments include the publication of codes of practice by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), a national body responsible for monitoring and enhancing all aspects of institutions' provision including that offered to students with disabilities. This paper examines one dimension of high quality provision by describing the National Association of Disability Practitioners (NADP), whose mission is to provide qualified, experienced staff who specialize in disability services. This innovative practice encourages professionalism, promotes the interests of specialist staff and addresses the interests of students with disabilities. The NADP has devised and implemented a scheme that accredits the practices and procedures of staff in disability services. This paper explores basic principles underpinning the scheme, how the scheme operates, what is required of applicants, the progress made and problems encountered during the first years of its implementation. The paper concludes with descriptions of how the scheme might develop in the future, particularly given challenges faced by disability services staff.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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