Issues in Providing Learning Support for Disabled Students Undertaking Fieldwork and Related Activities

Creating and Inclusive Fieldwork Curriculum

Planning field experience, travel, sites, activities

Ensuring equal opportunities in the admissions process has no purpose if students do not have full access to the curriculum of the course they are studying.
(Skill, 1997, p.53)

Starting from the principle of inclusivity means that the first approach is to try and ensure the fullest possible participation of disabled students in fieldwork. Only if this is not possible should other types of experience be explored. Any disabled students on the course need to be identified well before the fieldwork starts (Box 18):

Box 18: Some questions for the course team to discuss at the planning stage

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