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Workshop on Student Attitudes toward Integration of Special Needs Students - News

October 10, 2011
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On 26 September 2011, the Counseling Section at Student Affairs, in collaboration with the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program (CBR), held a workshop titled, "Monitoring Students' Attitudes toward the Integration of Students with Special Needs."

This workshop responded to a survey conducted on 500 students from various levels and disciplines at BZU. The results showed that 80% of students believe that the integration process is a right of students with special needs, and 70% of the respondents stated that integration reduces the negative stereotypes of and prejudices against students with special needs in the university community.

The participants noted the importance of promoting integration in the university community and its social and academic application to allow students with special needs to pursue their education equal to their peers. The students also recommended more workshops and lectures to promote positive attitudes toward integration and to introduce the concepts of disability into the curricula and courses offered by Palestinian universities. Moreover, they emphasized the importance of support services to meet the needs of university students with special needs.

Social Counselor Ms. Muna Muhtaseb stressed the importance of this workshop in positively shaping student attitudes towards integration, in its psychological, social and academic dimensions.

Ms. Nawal al-Qadi from the Community Rehabilitation Center pointed out that rehabilitation in the local community is rooted in an investment in resources and local services. It is thus important that those with special needs have access to these resources and services.

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