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Transition to Higher Education for Students with Disabilities in Taiwan
|Issue Date:||2021-08-04 16:20:00 (UTC+8)|
Access to education for people with disabilities is primary when social welfare and equity are discussed. The major causes for the non-inclusion of people with special needs within the higher education system are the inability to provide a fair entrance channel, the misunderstanding of the special needs of this population, and the social pressure (low parental expectations, bullying…) on people with disabilities. Taiwan has shown its willingness to provide an inclusive higher education system to everyone as it reserves a special exam and an independent interview channel for students with disabilities but those examinations more often than not do not allow them to access elite institutions. In this study, I interview 12 Taiwanese students with disabilities, 6 from private universities, 6 from elite public schools, and ask them about their experience with the college admission entrance process. The findings reveal that the enrollment opportunities are very different depending on the degree and type of disability; favorable for mild physical or sensory disabilities but disadvantageous for mental, psychic, or learning disabilities as well as any disability when the impairment is more severe. The reasons for that are mainly prejudices against people with disabilities, seldomness of exam accommodations, and unequal repartition of special quotas.
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