Providing Learning Support for Students with Mobility Impairments Undertaking Fieldwork and Related Activities

References and Internet Sources


Cooke, M.L., Anderson, K.S. & Forrest, S.E. (1997) Creating accessible introductory geology field trips, Journal of Geoscience Education, 45, pp.4-9.

Giddens, A. (1998) The Third Way. The Renewal of Social Democracy (Cambridge: Polity Press).

Gold, G. (2001) Rediscovering place: fieldwork by a quadriplegic anthropologist, in: Susan DiGiacomo (Ed.) The Wounded Anthropologist (New York: Gordon Reach).

Hall, T., Harrison, M. & Healey, M. (2001) The Experience of Academic Departments and Disability Support Units in Providing Learning Support for Stuidents Undertaking Fieldwork and Related Activities: Report on Surveys (Cheltenham: Geography Discipline Network). Available at

Healey, M., Jenkins, A., Leach, J. & Roberts, C. (2001) Issues in Providing Learning Support for Disabled Students Undertaking Fieldwork and Related Activities (Cheltenham: Geography Discipline Network). Available at

Karp, G. (1999) Life on Wheels: for the active wheelchair user (O'Reilly and Associates, Inc.)

Phipps, L. (2000) It's an IT field day, but students lose. The Times Higher Education Supplement, 1457, October 13, pp.28-9.

Stefani, L. (2000) The QAA Code of Practice: Students with Disabilities, Educational Developments, 1(4), pp.1-3.

Quality Assurance Agency (2000) Code of Practice for the Assurance of Academic Quality and Standards in Higher Education: (Section 3): Students with disabilities, - at

World Health Organisation, International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health, Pre-final draft, December 2000 (available at

Web sites

Many sites have been linked in elsewhere in this guide. This section brings together an annotated listing of a few of the most useful, informative and illustrative sites.

British Red Cross.

Community Transport Association (CTA), which operates MIDAS, the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme.

Department for Education and Skills.

Disability Resource Kit for Academic Staff. A University educational development site which gives lots of useful teaching advice, largely in bullet point form. It covers both disability in general and specific forms, including mobility disability.

The Disabled Living Foundation, an invaluable source of information.

Earthcam - A portal site providing access to many webcams.

Higher Education Statistics Agency.

Holiday Care is a national charity, and UK's central source of travel and holiday information and support for disabled and older people, their families, friends and carers.

Independence Dogs (USA) - an organisation which trains and provides independence (service) dogs for people with mobility impairment. This web site provides access to a number of case studies of how service dogs have provided independence for their partners.

The Kepplewray Trust - a charitable trust with an inclusive philosophy of residential fieldwork and outdoor education, based in the Lake District.

Minibus Options. Suppliers of specially adapted minibuses, with a particularly informative web site.

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education website, which contains the complete Code of Practice for the Assurance of Academic Quality and Standards in Higher Education, and much else.

The Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation, a national organisation of and for disabled people. Its key areas of activity are supporting over 500 local and national disability organisations, campaigning for improvements in disabled people's lives, and providing information to support independence and equality for disabled people.

Ricability is the trading name of the Research Institute for Consumer Affairs (RICA), a national research charity dedicated to providing independent information of value to disabled and elderly consumers. It researches and publishes consumer guides, based on rigorous testing and research, and covering such products as domestic appliances, community alarms, stairlifts, cars, wheelchairs, and mobility and bath hoists.

The site of the Royal National Institute for the Blind, which contains good information on the Disability Discrimination Act (1995) and Higher Education.

TechDis - a JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) service set up to provide information and advice on the use of new and existing Communication and Information Technologies (CIT), to enhance access to learning and teaching, research and administration activities for students and staff with disabilities.

Virtual Field Course - the JISC-funded Virtual field Course Project, based at Leicester University.

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