Enabling Learning and Supporting Diverse Student Groups: Developing and Evaluating A Learning Series on Access in Health and Human Service Programs for Students with Disabilities

Title Enabling Learning and Supporting Diverse Student Groups: Developing and Evaluating A Learning Series on Access in Health and Human Service Programs for Students with Disabilities
Faculty/College/Unit Medicine
Status Active
Duration 1 Year
Initiation 04/01/2017
Project Summary

Universities speak to supporting accessibility and diversity on their campuses, yet students with disabilities report barriers that limit their participation in education. Students in the Health and Human Service (HHS) professions have identified significant challenges including rigid structures and fears of disclosing disabilities in programs that emphasize demonstrating competencies in both academic and clinical settings. In a past TLEF project, students identified the need for training and support to address these barriers. This project will develop blended-learning training modules for students in HHS programs. The modules—which align with UBC Flexible Learning pillars—will focus on areas previously identified by students as challenging. These modules will create a flexible and supportive learning environment that fosters inclusion and combats stigma while addressing students’ varying levels of disclosure. After a two-month pilot and an eight- month trial, we will assess changes in students’ knowledge, attitudes, skills, participation, and social support structures.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2017/2018
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Tal Jarus
Year 1: Funded Amount 44,499
Year 1: Team Members

Earllene Roberts, PhD Candidate, School of Social Work, Okanagan Campus
Sue Murphy, Senior Instructor, Department of Physical Therapy
Michael Lee, Senior Instructor, Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Ruth Warick, Senior Diversity Advisor, Access and Diversity
Jennifer Gagnon, PhD, Research Coordinator, Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Gurdeep Parhar, Executive Associate Dean, Clinical Partnerships and Professionalism, Faculty of Medicine
Margot Bell, Accessibility Advisor, Access and Diversity
Bathseba Opini, Lecturer, Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Education
Jennifer Baumbusch, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Timothy Stainton, Professor, School of Social Work

Student Collaborators:

Laura Bulk, PhD Student
Kay Chan, Graduate Student
Parisa Ghanouni, PhD Candidate
Brian Hahn, Undergraduate Student
Mara Salter, Graduate Student
Julia Tikhonova, Undergraduate Student