Let’s Get Accessible: Disabled students’ experiences navigating the tertiary education system

Publication Details

Let’s Get Accessible: Disabled students’ experiences navigating the tertiary education system is a collaborative project between the Ministry of Education, National Disabled Students Association, Tertiary Education Commission, and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. The project gathered qualitative data on the lived experiences of disabled students in tertiary education.

Updated: May 2024

Summary

Purpose

Let’s Get Accessible is a collaborative research project between the National Disabled Students’ Association (NDSA), the Ministry of Education (the Ministry), the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). The report highlights the lived experiences of disabled students and includes stories about the difficulties faced by disabled tertiary students in accessing tertiary education and services, and their experiences of social exclusion while studying. Method Data Collection The findings in this report are based on responses from disabled students gathered through an online survey that was open from July to August 2023 and seven focus groups held both online and in person over September 2023. There was a total of 235 respondents to the survey and 10 participants in the focus groups. Of the participants that responded to the survey, an overwhelming majority identified as Pakeha/European, making up 70 percent of […]

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