Tips for fellow students

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Everybody is different. If you have physical or mental difficulties you are bound to encounter obstacles while studying or in partaking in an internship. In certain situations being creative and being persistent is necessary. In addition, you must be able to cope with your environment. This is definitely the case if you have a visible disability or when you are often absent due to your disability or chronic illness.  Other students and the teachers may ask themselves the reason for this and if this will present problems. Sometimes others will find it difficult to interact with you.  In some cases they would prefer not to have you in the group for a group assignment.  This is due to a lack of understanding on their part or through their uncertainty on how they should react to/interact with a student with a disability.

Tips for fellow students

It is important that fellow students are open and honest with the student with a disability. Keep in mind that a student with a disability requires persistence and organisational talent in order to study, and that there is nothing mentally wrong with this student.  Some tips:

  • Be positive towards a student with a disability and show understanding.
  • Be open and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t talk about but talk with the student with a disability.
  • Be informed and make your own enquiries about the disability of the student in you group. This way you will have insight into the restrictions and the possibilities.
  • Bear in mind that each student has specific qualifications which can be useful for the study programme.
  • Remember, each student must acquire the same competencies and meet with the same final attainment level. The manner in which these are acquired can differ, but the manner will have no bearing on the quality.
  • Be inquisitive and open to the manner of studying of a fellow student with a disability.
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