A PROPOSED TRAINING PROGRAM EXPLORING THE FIRST WEEK EXPERIENCE OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AS PERCEIVED BY STUDENTS, THEIR TEACHERS, AND ADMINISTRATIONS AT JAZAN UNIVERSITY IN SAUDI ARABIA

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2023-08-01
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Pensilvania State University
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Education is crucial to every individual’s academic, social, and personal development. While recent years have shown a remarkable gain for people with disability, serious roadblocks still exist in society, most importantly, in the education system as they proceed on the path to equality. Disability is still the most indicated basis of discrimination under the code of human rights claims in Saudi Arabia, with significant systemic issues raised in education. The study aimed to examine the challenges faced by students with disabilities and identify the resources and support available to them. Furthermore, it sought to understand the attitudes and perceptions of teachers and administrators toward disabled students. The current study was conducted using exploratory narrative research, combining descriptive and explanatory research paradigm. The current research examined the experiences of disabled students and their teachers and administrators. The study focused on the students, administrators, and teachers of Jazan University in Saudi Arabia's South. The study was conducted to understand how disability affects students, teachers, and administrators during the first week of campus life. The data collected through interviews was used to analyze the impact of disability on students during their first week on campus. The researcher conducted 12 interviews, four from each category of participants (disabled students, administrators, and teachers (faculty). Thematic analysis was adopted to analyze the data. Four themes were extracted from the data —Social inclusion, accessibility and accommodations, institutional support, and attitudes toward disability. Every stakeholder who participated in the study is considered very educated and has a sense of issues regarding disability. The study highlights areas where improvements can be made to university premises globally and in Saudi Arabia, particularly to be more inclusive and supportive of students with disabilities. The findings of this study can be used to provide resources and support for disabled students to ensure that they can have a positive experience in their academic life. The findings offer significant implications for the Saudi education policy and practice in higher educational institutions to provide equal opportunities and education to students with disability.
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The purpose of this study is to explore the first week experience of disabled students in universities, taking into consideration the perspectives of administrators and faculty members, and how it relates to the policy guidelines on disability that guarantee equal treatment in educational services, which encompass not only academic standards, but also the development of talents, personality, and physical and cognitive abilities through training.
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Education, Disability, Training, Students, Teachers, Administrators, University, Equality Discrimination, Saudi Arabia, Jazan, Qualitative Research, Narrative research, Descriptive research Explanatory research, Thematic analysis, Campus life, Social inclusion, Accessibility, Accommodations Institutional support, Attitudes
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