Third E-Learning seminar

The right person with disabilities

In order for these people to know how to protect their rights, they should know the laws and subordinates documents. The most important are laws on higher education, about work and about professional rehabilitation and employment of people with disabilities, and the knowledge of regulations, statutes and similar documents is also important.

The self-determination of students consists of: the orientation to expanding oneself, the effectiveness in the pursuit of interaction with the environment, and the power of man to become a factor of change with his own will.

Self-advocacy involves four essential skills, namely: searching for services available to all students; formation of relations with teachers and assistants; development of support systems with friends, support groups and with Centers for support and acquisition of self-awareness and understanding of self for perseverance.

 

Overcoming obstacles during studying

These obstacles can be caused by the personality of the student, the characteristics of the institution, and the application of teaching methods.

Cooperation among students represents the preparation of students for teamwork and future profession. Adaptation and cooperation are possible if the way of communication among all students is improved.

The obstacle to cooperation with teachers and assistants may be the lack of training of teachers and assistants in the difficulties of students with disabilities. It is desirable that students “impose” cooperation, which would mean that there is more intensive contact of students with teachers and their assistants. For example, initiating meetings for the purpose of improving and adapting teaching to students with different disabilities.

 

The role of Career Centers and Centers for the Support of Students with Disabilities

In these centers, all students are provided with professional guidance, that is, assistance in career selection and development. The services provided by these centers are: support during study, psychological counseling, career planning and career development, assistance in connecting with the business community, and support for student projects and entrepreneurship.

The mentor is a person in front of a career center, which acts as a mediator, helper and counselor. The mentor provides all students with help and support in acquiring the necessary skills for job search. These are: connecting and communicating with potential employers, applying for a job, self-promotion, self-advocacy, etc. The mentor also provides information on employment opportunities and acquiring professional practice, scholarships, continuing education etc.

Career centers networking by continuously collecting associates who will be interested in hiring students or providing them with professional practice, volunteering, professional training etc, and by mediating between them and students.