Join us for our free webinar event! Webinar for Access and inclusion for students with disabilities higher education network – in selected countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

4th May 2021 

·         16:00 – 18:30 hours (Philippine Standard Time) 

·         09:00 – 11:30 hours (British Summer Time)

This online session will share findings from a networking project that aims to investigate the factors that influence access and inclusion for disabled students in higher education (HE) in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

An estimated 650 million people in the Asia-Pacific region live with a disability. The 2010 Census of Population and Housing in the Philippines alone, found 1.57% of people had a disability, with the highest prevalence in the 5-19-year old category – at which age education suffers. In 2018, UNESCO stated that the gap between representation and achievement of disabled and non-disabled people is greatest in the ASEAN countries.

The network partners used a qualitative research approach, combining desk-based research and online focus groups (due to the COVID-19 pandemic), to investigate laws, policies and practices impacting on the ability of students with disabilities to access and succeed in their institutions. This session will share data and findings based on in-country perspectives and will raise the key challenges and opportunities to improving access and inclusion for students with disabilities in Higher Education Institutions the ASEAN region.

In addition, the ALIGN network is looking to extend its membership to other partner higher education institutions in the ASEAN countries to join the conversation, and there will be a question-and-answer session at the end of the webinar.

Who is this event for?

This event will be of interest to educators, policy makers, senior University leaders, support staff, non-government organisations, agencies, charitable organisations, students and parents or carers in the ASEAN region.