More information about disability services offered abroad now available
When the results of a recent survey are returned from the university’s 150 exchange partners, students with disabilities will have better information for researching and planning study abroad opportunities. The survey is designed to assess services available to students with disabilities at the partner universities.
“With faculty exchange coordinators more aware of the services offered by our exchange partners, we hope more students with disabilities regard studying abroad as a viable option,” says Rowena Selby, Education Abroad Advisor, Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC).
QUIC worked with Health, Counselling and Disability Services (HSDS) to develop the 12-question online survey that asked universities to detail such things as academic accommodation policies, the availability of personal assistance devices and accessibility of campus buildings and residences.
There has been a strong response to date with a third of the surveys completed and returned, and a further 50 per cent started. The survey will remain open, and Queen’s will encourage future exchange partners to complete the questionnaire when new agreements are signed.
A QUIC student assistant is currently entering the information into the exchange partner database so that faculty exchange coordinators can advise students about the availability of disability services.
“The survey is really innovative, and we have heard from other universities who are interested in doing something similar,” says Ms Selby.
To help and encourage institutions to complete the survey, QUIC sent a completed survey outlining the disability services Queen’s offers. It’s a resource exchange coordinators at other universities can consult in the future when advising their students about attending Queen’s.
“The completed survey is helpful because the Queen’s-specific information had not previously been compiled in one document that we could give to our exchange partners,” says Ms Selby.
For more information about the survey contact Ms Selby by email or at ext. 74646.