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Calidad en la educación

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Abstract

NUNEZ, Ámbar  and  LOPEZ, Mauricio. Identification of learning support needs and participation of university students with a visual disability: a narrative biographical study. Calidad en la educación [online]. 2020, n.53, pp.42-76. ISSN 0718-4565.  http://dx.doi.org/10.31619/caledu.n53.518.

This article explores the educational experiences of young people with a visual disability, to identify the needs for learning assistance and the participation they experienced during their university years. A biographical narrative approach was used to explore the students’ voices with the intention of having their perspectives and insights contribute to improvements in inclusive education processes in higher education. There was a total of four participants, two current students and two graduates from two Chilean universities and two biographical interviews were conducted with each participant. The students’ needs for support include greater accessibility to the areas designated for social interaction, better assistance with mobility within the campus, better accessibility to study materials and class contení, and diversification of the assessment instruments. The results are discussed considering the concepts of “participation” and “universal designfor learning’, and the implications for the institutional inclusion policies in higher education.

Keywords : Visual impairment; support needs; higher education; accessibility; participation.

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