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Provision of Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities in South African Higher Education

Ali Mazrui Centre for Higher Education Studies, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg PO Box 524, South Africa
Academic Editors: Daniel Mont, Alexandre Cote, Roy McConkey and Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(8), 3892; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18083892
Received: 23 December 2020 / Revised: 12 February 2021 / Accepted: 1 March 2021 / Published: 8 April 2021
This paper used the Critical Disability Theory (CDT) to analyse the provision of assistive technology (AT) and assistive devices at an institution of higher education in South African. In this empirical study, data were collected through interviews with students with disabilities and Disability Rights Centre staff members. The paper sought to explore the effectiveness of the provision of AT and assistive devices, in terms of enabling students with disabilities’ learning. The provision was deemed inadequate, and a specific AT and assistive device was inaccessible to one category of disability, consequently limiting learning. The paper concludes that the provision of assistive devices at the institution enabled students with disabilities’ learning, however, there was a need for improvement by way of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The UDL will help all diverse students, including students with disabilities in all their categories of disability, to be assisted to learn through the provision of AT and assistive devices. It is hoped that the paper will contribute to contemporary debates on the provision of AT and assistive devices for people with disabilities in low-resource settings, from a South African context specifically, and in higher education broadly. View Full-Text
Keywords: assistive technology; assistive devices; students with disabilities; intersectionality; context; South African higher education; disability staff members; learning; enable and constrain assistive technology; assistive devices; students with disabilities; intersectionality; context; South African higher education; disability staff members; learning; enable and constrain
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Ndlovu, S. Provision of Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities in South African Higher Education. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 3892. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18083892

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Ndlovu S. Provision of Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities in South African Higher Education. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(8):3892. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18083892

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Ndlovu, Sibonokuhle. 2021. "Provision of Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities in South African Higher Education" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 8: 3892. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18083892

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