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Cave Hill a Campus for All

For Release Upon Receipt - Monday, March 18, 2019

Race for the kidsed-3-18-2019.jpgThe University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus is working steadfastly to ensure it is truly a campus for all, particularly those living with disabilities.

This was emphasised during the presentation to Campus Council delivered by the Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eudine Barriteau. The meeting was held on Friday, March 8, 2019 in the Main Conference room.

“We have adopted and implemented The UWI's policies on accommodations for students with disabilities; established a referral and record management system on students with disabilities and assigned a dedicated Disabilities Coordinator in the Office of Student Services, whose responsibilities include: ensuring transportation for wheelchair users, acquisition of assistive software such as JAWS and Dragon Speech, ordering specialized furniture and ensuring extended examinations periods,” she said.

“[We have also] undertaken renovations and modifications of facilities across the Campus to ensure access for mobility challenged students. This includes retrofitting bathrooms, installation of ramps, reflector strips, elevators and handrails, creating new workstations, providing priority disabled parking, and modifying walkways and sidewalks.”

Barriteau also noted that disability awareness and sensitization initiatives for students, faculty and staff were also a feature on the campus.

Additionally, the Principal highlighted the fact that other units and departments on campus were taking leadership roles in advancing an inclusive teaching and learning environment.

“In the past year, the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) supported the Smart Campus Initiative to foster the digital transformation of The UWI, by introducing a webpage and resources for students and faculty members experiencing challenges with a disability as they learn or teach,” she added.

Furthermore, she praised the work of the Faculty of Science and Technology, particularly its Science for ALL initiative.

Dean of the Faculty, Dr Colin Depradine, elaborated on the project during his presentation at the council.

“Our Science for ALL initiative, which focuses on the removal of societal barriers that dissuade students with disabilities from enrolling in the Faculty, continues to grow with the graduation of Miranda Blackman, the first student who uses a wheelchair to graduate from the Faculty. Her presence and the initiative have resulted in a sharp increase this academic year, in the number of students with physical disabilities – which was about five times more that last academic year, and a continuing increase in the numbers with learning disabilities,” he said.

“It should be remembered that STEM provides the greatest hope for employment for persons with disabilities both within STEM itself and the resultant tools that are used by such persons when in the workplace.”

PHOTO: Persons who use mobility devices were also part of the recently-held RBC Race for the Kids.


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