International Journal of Innovative Research and Knowledge

Volume-3 Issue-12, December 2018

Title: Enhancing Access: What Information Do Kenyan Public Universities Provide on Accommodations and Services for Students with Hearing Impairments?

Author: Dr. Agnes Wanja Wanjau


Students who have hearing impairments usually require accommodations in order to participate fully in university life. Although the Kenya Constitution (2010), the Persons with Disabilities Act (2003), and the Special Needs Education Policy (2009) mandate access to university activities, little is known about real access to these in Kenyan Public Universities. This paper presents results of a study that investigated access to university education with regard to the information Kenyan Public Universities provide on accommodations and services for students with hearing impairments. The researcher reviewed available accommodation policies in 2012. A systematic review of the policies and a survey with disability service providers, interviews with university administrators, a survey with the hearing impaired students, and one-on-one semi-structured interviews with the hearing impaired students were used to summarize accommodations and other support services available for delivery of course content, assessment, and university life. None of the three institutions provided information on accommodations online or otherwise. We discuss the results with respect to information that potential students may require to make informed choices with regard to university education.

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ISSN: 2213-1356

Publisher: Scholar Touch Publishers

Area/Scope: Business, Economics & Management; Social Science, Literature, Arts & Humanities; Engineering & Technology; Life Science & Physical Science, Health & Medical Science

Frequency: Monthly

Format: Online & Print

Language: English

Review Process: Double Blinded

Access: Open Access