I’ve been in Wellington for the last three days exploring the archives to find any trace of physical therapy activity in New Zealand in the 19th century. So far it’s been a frustrating search.
While I’ve been down here, I’ve been having some interesting discussions with people about disabled physiotherapy students. We have just graduated our first tetraplegic physiotherapist and I’ve been in discussion with our regulatory authority about the conditions for their license to practice.
So this article sent to me by CPN member Anne Hudon came at a very convenient time. Thanks Anne.
Across the country, people with disabilities are redefining the possible by excelling in scholarly pursuits that were once off limits to them.
Evolving attitudes, policies and technology have given rise to a generation of undergrads, graduate students and faculty members with disabilities who demand inclusive spaces, teaching styles and supports.
“More and more students with different disabilities who didn’t previously access post-secondary education are beginning to do so,” says Stewart Engelberg, director of Trent University’s Student Wellness Centre. Universities don’t always have accommodations in place when a student with a particular disability arrives, Mr. Engelberg explains, but “it’s important to invest the time to develop appropriate systems.”
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