Safeguarding the future conference - Canberra, 23-24 May 2024

Inclusion in a University Setting

The inclusion of students with intellectual disability into tertiary education is a new frontier.

In Australia, it’s not unusual to see students with intellectual disability included in mainstream primary and secondary classrooms. But, the leap into tertiary level inclusion is a new frontier.

Around the globe, universities are beginning to shift paradigms. There is a move to include people with intellectual disabilities on their campuses. In Australia, uni 2 beyond is one of two inclusive education initiatives available for adults with intellectual disability who want to experience university life.

This presentation explains the framework that uni 2 beyond has implemented within the University of Sydney. As a result, 33 adults with intellectual disability engage in university life by

  • attending lecturers and tutorials of their choice
  • joining clubs and societies
  • developing peer-to-peer relationships with university students.