June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
June 25, 2008
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Engineering Students with Disabilities in the Kingdom of Jordan
Disabled students do not tend to join engineering programs in general. In the Kingdom of Jordan, only fifteen out of more than ten thousand engineering students are disabled. To understand the reasons behind this extremely low number, a study was conducted. The study included interviewing several disabled engineering students. It focused on why disabled students opt not to join engineering programs. The sample was small because the general population itself was small. It was observed that all of the disabled engineering students in Jordan have high academic standings. The interviewed students outlined some of the reasons behind the shortage of disabled students in engineering programs. They attributed this common phenomenon to their own choice as well as to the lack of support by those surrounding them. Several other observations, conclusions and recommendations were made accordingly to promote the engineering education process itself as well as the education of disabled students.
Historically, disability in general and disabled students in particular have been almost totally ignored. It is only recently that this sector has received some attention from the rest of the society. This attention varies from country to country and even from one state to another within countries.
Besides its noble nature and its appeal as a sign of civilization, it is an obligation to integrate disabled individuals with the rest of the society. It is also extremely important to protect their rightful and intrinsic rights and to create equal opportunities for them. This issue should continue to receive full attention from everyone to highlight all of its aspects and effects on our human society. It is the obligation of the whole society and not certain individuals or groups to promote the rights of disabled students.
Integrating disabled students with the society should be based on two basic fundamentals. First, disabled individuals have the abilities and willingness to learn, grow, work, and positively participate in and for their communities. This is true regardless of the severity of the disabilities they live with. Their potential should therefore be understood and utilized to benefit them as well as the rest of their communities. Second, disabled individuals are part of the society. They have the right to share all available recourses exactly like everyone else around them. Federal and local governments should include the needs of disabled individuals in their strategic planning and all other actions.
Many countries, especially in the west have recognized this and have adopted actual measures in this regard. The Kingdom of Jordan, a country in the Middle East with very limited recourses prides itself to be a leader in promoting fair treatments of individuals with disabilities in this part of the world. Jordan became the first and only Arab country to receive the Franklin Delano
Kuzmar, A., & Alhiyari, T., & Abedalhafiz, A. (2008, June), Engineering Students With Disabilities In The Kingdom Of Jordan Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/4117
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