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ERIC Number: EJ985043
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0145-482X
Experiences of Students with Visual Impairments in Canadian Higher Education
Reed, Maureen; Curtis, Kathryn
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v106 n7 p414-425 Jul 2012
Introduction: This article presents a study of the higher education experiences of students with visual impairments in Canada. Methods: Students with visual impairments and the staff members of disability programs were surveyed and interviewed regarding the students' experiences in entering higher education and completing their higher education requirements. Results: Although the reported graduation rates were high, the students took more than four years to complete their studies. They thought that heavy reading requirements, work in groups, and an inability to participate in some activities were barriers to their full participation in higher education. Discussion: The findings demonstrate that barriers exist that have a negative impact on the higher education experience of students with visual impairments. Implications for practitioners: Students with visual impairments have challenges that require unique preparation for higher education. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A