Enabling University

Impairment, (Dis)ability and Social Justice in Higher Education

  • Tara┬áBrabazon

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Tara Brabazon
      Pages 3-21
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      Pages 23-27
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      Pages 29-35
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      Pages 37-48
  3. Difference

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Tara Brabazon
      Pages 51-54
    3. Tara Brabazon
      Pages 55-60
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      Pages 61-65
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      Pages 67-73
  4. Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Tara Brabazon
      Pages 77-95
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      Pages 111-116
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 117-121

About this book


This work takes the most recent, interdisciplinary research and demonstrates how to make higher education institutions open, accessible and socially just for staff and students with disabilities. Combining the scholarly fields of media platform management, information literacy, internet studies, mobility studies and disability studies, this book offers a guide and method to consider how students and staff with differing needs move through university processes, spaces and interfaces. It captures the challenges and potentials of both the online and offline university. The key concept of the book is universal design. This term and theory is used to move beyond the medical and social model of disability that disconnect and separate the issues of disability and impairment from core societal concerns. This book confirms that most of us will be touched by impairment through our lives. When matched with the necessity to retrain and gain new skills for a post-recession future, there must be a renewed commitment to not only the widening participation agenda of higher education, but also the enabling of universities for men and women with impairments.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Tara┬áBrabazon
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Teacher EducationCharles Sturt UniversityBathurstAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-12802-3
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-12801-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-12802-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-1921
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-193X
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