In the western countries, all the students are evaluated using the same standard at the university level including disabled people. At the university level, they extend the time, give voice to writing conversion software and hardware etc. I spoke to a counselor at a very prestigious university where they said they don't even change the standard for people with learning disabilities or any disabilities. Sorry, it's not a rant or anything. But I am depicting the raw reality here that I see day to day basis.
So what do I mean by University Standard? Is it possible to evaluate the disabled students using a different evaluation process? I am not talking about Multiple Choice Questions. That's the worst form of evaluating somebody. But theoretically and practically there are many effective and alternative ways to test or evaluate a student at the university. I am talking about these modifications. In our elementary and middle schools and high schools, we have special need children. We know they cannot be treated like others. So they have a different standard for them. So why not for the university?
I volunteer at an organization that works intensely with disabled people. So mostly I speak to them when I am there. I saw two people could not graduate from the university because the university standard is so high for them. They have already a burden an illness may be on their shoulder on top of that this just crushed their dreams. I know a disabled person wants to live a dignified life such that their rights are upheld and respected. In our cities we have special access to store, mall, bus etc. for them. So they can live a dignified life. Their rights are upheld. So for university education which has the years old standard when the university education started a long time ago, shouldn't it accommodate the disabled people in a broader sense? If a disabled person is treated the same as an average person my question is why do we have special rights and accommodations in other areas for them? Isn't it time to change the analog system to digital, isn't it the time to evaluate these students under a different standard that accommodates disabled people also and educate them fully? By the way, where I live only 32% of disabled people have postsecondary education among many. Shouldn't we be more considerate and do much more to make room for those who want to have higher education and want to live a good life?
I am not talking about completely lowering the standard but revamp the education system by consulting with other intellectuals and professors and students to make a standard that will uphold the rights of disabled people who want to graduate from university.