Inclusion at University: Can we do more than open the door?

John O'Rourke



The inclusion of students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) in university settings is an emerging policy initiative.  Different models have evolved to support the inclusion of students with IDD in university settings from full inclusion to specialized separate programs.  This paper reports the process of creating a program of inclusion for a student with IDD in a Western Australian university.   Based on extensive field notes and interviews with the included student and her mentors, the author seeks to assess the pilot study using a case study approach and reflect on what might be required by university staff to enhance inclusive practice for these students.


Key words:  Social inclusion, academic inclusion, university, inclusive pedagogy, intellectual and developmental disability.

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