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Disability and Participation in the Professions: Examples from Higher and Medical Education

Shrewsbury, Duncan (2014) Disability and Participation in the Professions: Examples from Higher and Medical Education. Disability & Society, 30 (1). pp. 87-100. ISSN Print 0968-7599 Online 1360-0508

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Learners with disabilities remain under-represented in higher education and courses, such as medicine, that grant access to ‘the professions’. National and professional legislation, policy and guidance have changed over the last few decades in response to reforms in the way disability is viewed and valued by society.
Principles of equal rights and equality of opportunity inform the negotiation of widened participation in the professions. However, drawing on the example of medical education, it is possible to see that widening articipation agendas may be insensitive to the needs of learners with disabilities. Analysing the development
of practice and policy from a participation perspective suggests that tokenism may have played a role in deprioritising the voices of individuals with disabilities, rendering policy disconnected from the needs of marginalised groups. The concept of participatory parity may provide an opportunity to readdress
this misrepresentation.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: higher education, the professions, disabled learners
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Duncan Shrewsbury
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2016 11:03
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2020 10:27

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