Session 1, 09.00 - 10.15
A: Exploring ways in which the Arts could contribute to an inclusive educational experience of students with disabilities within a higher education context
Dr. Nina Du Toit, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South- Africa
Synopsis: The presentation discusses and illustrates ways in which the Arts (dance, music, drama and visual arts) are used to engage students with disabilities, together with other students, in ongoing art activities. The Arts are used to create "safe" environments, where the two groups of students are able to develop relationships, as well as a mutual understanding and respect.
B: Precarious spaces or the problem with normal in Higher Education
Dr. Malin Ekström, Uppsala University, Sweden
Synopsis: Some bodies passes easily through the learning system, while others meets both visible and invisible obstacles, finding it hard to pass those spaces. We therefore need to learn more about how norms, power and relations work to be able to build more inclusive learning environments.
Session 2, 10.30 - 12.00
Leen Thienpondt, Support Center for Inclusive Education (SIHO), Belgium
Karen Leyman, Support Center for Inclusive Education (SIHO), Belgium
Synopsis: SIHO developed a workshop ‘Di(ver)sability awareness’ where we think out of the Deleuzian concept of continuous multiplicity. We work with the ambiguity/multiplicity of disability and create confusion rather than give ‘solutions’ from one perspective. We present our process of working on a culture for inclusion.
Christel Berg, Lund University, Sweden
Synopsis: A presentation of the "Mentor´s Handbook – for mentors who support students in Higher Education". The booklet was published in the autumn of 2013 and was appreciated as a contribution and tool for the mentoring support in Swedish HE. It describes the mentor’s role and pick up subjects as recommendations for what to think about, and how, when you work as a mentor. It also holds some work material that can be used by the mentor and student in the mentorship.
E: The organization of mentoring and of experienced mentors tutoring new mentors at Umeå University
Terese Björk, Umeå university, Sweden
Synopsis: The mentoring organization at Umeå University will from the autumn of 2014 be organized as a group activity. Guidelines that includes study planning, learning styles and how to work with students with different disabilities, will form the basis for the group meetings. Monthly seminars for the mentors, organized by the disability coordinators, will help develop the mentors’ skills and assure the quality of the mentoring organization.