Education Development and Leadership in Higher Education: Developing an Effective Institutional Strategy

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Educating university teachers: participation and access issues for students who have a disability
Kym Fraser and Ellen Sanders
DISABILITY TRENDS
At this moment in time there are more people in the community identifying that they have a disability than at any other point in history. This fact is due mainly to:
• an ageing population and people developing disabilities as they age;
• people with pre-existing disabilities living longer, mainly as a result of significant improvements in diagnosis, medicine and medical technology; and
• changes in social attitudes meaning that more people are comfortable about identifying as having a disability.

A survey undertaken in the UK between 1985 and 1988 was the latest that specifically attempted to determine the number of adults with a disability in the UK population. It was estimated at that time that 6.2 million adults in the UK had a disability, which, at the time of the survey, represented 14.2 per cent of the adult population. Surveys undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimate that the percentage of Australians who have a disability rose from 15 per cent in 1981 to 19 per cent in 1998.


DRIVERS FOR INCLUSIVE EDUCATION

Historically in education, students who have a disability were often placed in segregated settings, if they received an education at all. There has been

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