CoHE Makes It Easy for People with Intellectual Disability
The General Assembly of the Council of Higher Education decided that people with intellectual disability could also take the special talent test like disabled students do on the condition that they take minimum 100 points from the Entrance to Higher Education Examination (YGS).
According to the decision, universities will conduct different tests for the disabled students for programs that admit students according to special talent tests.
CoHE is carrying out a series of studies called "unhindered access" and "unhindered training" in order to remove the obstacles faced during enrollment in higher education and throughout the period of study.
Within this scope, the General Assembly lowered the base score of YGS required for some disabled student groups to get into universities with a special talent test to 100 points and paved the way for disabled students to enroll in universities easily in 2013.
According to the decision taken by the General Assembly of the Council of Higher Education on March 30, 2017, students with intellectual disability are also added to the list of disabled student groups that can apply for the special talent test on the condition that they took minimum 100 points from YGS.
According to the new decision taken by CoHE, physically handicapped, visually handicapped, hearing-impaired applicants, applicants with intellectual disability and pervasive developmental disorders (autism spectrum disorder, Asperger's syndrome, RETT syndrome, and disintegrative disorder) shall take the special talent test for programs that admit students with a special talent test provided that they took minimum 100 points from YGS and certified their condition with the medical board's report prepared for the disabled.
A different special talent test to be introduced for the disabled
The General Assembly of the Council of Higher Education decided that disabled students who applied for programs that admit students with a special talent test shall be evaluated according to a different talent test.
Previously, disabled applicants were taking the same talent test with the other students. This practice led to unfair competition for disabled students. The new change will allow disabled students to take a different test. Thus, they will compete among themselves. CoHE's decision will be announced on the ÖSYS selection guide this year.
CoHE's studies for disabled students
CoHE is conducting studies in order to prepare an academic environment to facilitate the student lives of disabled students that receive higher education, ensure their participation in the education and training process and raise awareness of faculty members in higher education institutions about disability issues.
In this context, CoHE is planning to organize meetings with the theme "Unhindered Access" next month in order to raise awareness regarding the access of disabled people to all areas and educational opportunities in higher education institutions and spread good practices.
They will hold meetings about access to areas. The theme "Unhindered Training" will be the key topic of the meetings that will be held in the 2017-2018 academic year.
Source : AA