Issues of Disabled People at Higher Education Institutions
30.09.2014
12:00
To solve issues of people with disabilities at higher education institutions it is vital to start with the change of mentality. People with disabilities need respect and just and favorable conditions. At the Media Center hosted discussion Seryozha Ohanjanyan, head of EKHO support center, spoke on the need of equal opportunity.

The discussion was attended by Rudolf Zabrodin, disabled people’s rights defender; Armine Ghazaryan, sociologist; and Meline Nahapetyan, representative of the OSCE Office in Yerevan.

Armenia ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities four years ago. However, Seryozha Ohanjanyan said since then there has been little progress in building a more inclusive and accessible Armenia. Higher education institutions are not accommodated with wheelchair ramps. In addition, students with vision and hearing impairment have difficulties in finding appropriate learning materials. Rudolf Zabrodin added that “universities unofficially tell a disabled person that they cannot provide them with education.”

Armine Ghazaryan believes “it is high time we rejected the Soviet mentality when parents are ashamed of their disabled children.” The project “Improvement of Education for Disabled People as Motivation” implemented by EKHO Support Center aims to ensure equal conditions for disabled people at educational institutions.

According to Meline Nahapetyan, building wheelchair ramps at higher education institutions is not enough to solve all problems. Thus, a possible solution may be a joint program with, for instance, two universities. She added “since Armenia joined the Bologna education agreement, we have a principle of mobility. So, students with disabilities may have certain lectures at another university.” The suggestion was to put into practice a joint program with two or three universities to consequently enlarge the scope of activities.

The head of EKHO greeted the proposal and considered it for further discussion.

At the end of December, 2014 the representatives of EKHO support center intend to publish a report including the surveys conducted so far and proposals and present it to corresponding higher education institutions and authorities.

Photos
Videos
Print Friendly and PDF
More Press Releases
PUBLIC JOURNALISM CLUB PARTICIPATED IN CAREER AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP FAIR
17.11.2017
10:00
Media Center Project of the Public Journalism Club participated in Career and Entrepreneurship fair held on November 17.
“Students Against Army Respite: Demands and Proposals”
08.11.2017
11:00
A discussion entitled “Students Against Army Respite: Requirements and Proposals” was held at Media Center on November 8 attended by Aren Manukyan, Member of the initiative “For the sake of development of science 2004” and Misha Tadevosyan, Member of Education Civic Initiative, Education Expert.
“Vision of RA Security and Defense of Yelq Alliance: Pre-Election Program and Practical Steps”
02.11.2017
13:00
Parties of the National Assembly of the sixth convocation have separate provisions and recommendations regarding the country's security issues in their electoral programs.
“Cultural Figures Propose to Install “Bread Bringer” Arthur Sargsyan's Memorial”
02.11.2017
11:00
Media Center, November2, Yerevan. Cultural Figures Propose to Install “Bread Bringer” Arthur Sargsyan's memorial in Yerevan and presented their proposals at Media Center on November 2.
“Draft Law on Military Service and the Status of Servants: Won’t the Reforms in the Army Hinder Science?”
26.10.2017
19:30
The Media Center held a debate, entitled “Draft Law on Military Service and the Status of Servants: Won’t the Reforms in the Army Hinder Science?” in “A1+” TV Pavilion with online broadcasting on October 26.
Follow us on social networks
Registration of events
Services
Today at Media Center
Videos
Press Releases
Armenia-Turkey Events