The discourse of disability in higher education: Insights from a health and social care perspective

Deanne Lynn Clouder, Arinola Adefila, Caroline Jackson, Joanne Opie, Sonna Odedra

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This article considers perspectives on student disability in the context of health and social care disciplines in higher education. The first phase of the research, which adopted an appreciative inquiry approach, involved interviews with students and educators from fifteen health and social care professions across the United Kingdom (UK). Findings were used by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) to redraft guidance for potential applicants.The second phase of the research involved analysis of the discourse underpinning the new guidance, which was compared with responses to its publicly open review. Analysis revealed that despite an affirmative stance adopted by the HCPC, the principle of inclusivity for people with a disability remains far from universally and unconditionally accepted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-20
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Research
Early online date6 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International Journal of Educational Research. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in International Journal of Educational Research, [79, (2016)] DOI: 10.1016/j.ijer.2016.05.015

© 2016, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International


  • Students with disabilities
  • Health and social care
  • Discourse analysis
  • Appreciative inquiry


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