Skip to main content
*** NOTE: Terms of Service Updated 21 Feb 2018 ***

Educating Students With Disabilities in Cyberspace - Ashford University

  • Published: 2010-10-29 : Ashford University.
  • Synopsis: Online higher education at Ashford University makes earning a college degree accessible for more students, including those with disabilities.

Main Document

National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October recognizes contributions made by Americans with disabilities to the workforce and in society.

Online higher education at Ashford University makes earning a college degree accessible for more students, including those with disabilities.

"We believe that everyone who is academically qualified deserves access to a high quality, higher education," said Jane McAuliffe, president of Ashford University, an accredited university offering associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs. "Online higher education brings down barriers."

Ashford University's Student Access and Wellness Manager Poppy Fitch said that "The online classroom doesn't discriminate. For many students with disabilities, it's the first time they feel like they truly fit in."

For example, Natasha Hubbard of Hampton, Va., began losing her vision at age 12 and was completely blind at 17.

"I knew that having a visual disability would keep me from getting many jobs. I decided that I would equip and qualify myself to the best of my abilities in order to prove myself as a necessary asset in the social work field," Hubbard said.

To attend Ashford University online classes, she utilizes a multitude of audio technology to assist with her online education including JAWS (job access with speech) on her computer, which says everything she types and reads everything that appears on the computer screen; a digital book player; a talking scientific calculator for math; and software that allows her to scan documents and verbalizes the text to her.

Hubbard has two classes remaining to obtain her bachelor's degree and then plans to begin a master's degree program in psychology. She is supplementing her education as an intern at the Center for Child and Family Services, where she plans to work after graduation as well.

"With two kids and a disability, every day is an obstacle. However, I am strong, capable and determined, so every new day is a new success," Hubbard said.

Fitch says people with disabilities attend online universities and enjoy many of the same advantages as their classmates - primarily flexibility.

"Online students attend classes when and where they want, so long as they are academically qualified," she said. "I believe education is the best reward a person can give themselves, not only for their career aspirations, but for the kind of life they wish to lead."

About Ashford University -Founded in 1918, Ashford University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools The University offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs online and at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable online and on-campus programs.

Similar Topics

1 : Early Childhood Education Needs to be Accessible and Affordable : National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
2 : Inclusive Teaching Project Aims to Get Missing Million Into School : University of Sussex.
3 : Examining Feelings of Inclusion Among Students with Disabilities : New York University (NYU).
4 : Exclusion From School Can Trigger Long-Term Psychiatric Illness : University of Exeter.
5 : Evidence Supports Effectiveness of Mental Health Programs in Schools : Wolters Kluwer Health.
From our Education section - Full List (132 Items)

Submit disability news, coming events, as well as assistive technology product news and reviews.

Loan Information for low income singles, families, seniors and disabled. Includes home, vehicle and personal loans.

Famous People with Disabilities - Well known people with disabilities and conditions who contributed to society.

List of awareness ribbon colors and their meaning. Also see our calendar of awareness dates.

Blood Pressure Chart - What should your blood pressure be, and information on blood group types/compatibility.

1 : Free Eye Exams to Service and Working Animals in May from Veterinary Ophthalmologists
2 : Early Childhood Education Needs to be Accessible and Affordable
3 : How the Human Brain Can Tell Our Arms and Legs Apart
4 : Protein Levels in Spinal Fluid Correlate to Posture and Gait Difficulty in Parkinson's Disease


Disclaimer: This site does not employ and is not overseen by medical professionals. Content on Disabled World is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. See our Terms of Service for more information.

Reporting Errors: Disabled World is an independent website, your assistance in reporting outdated or inaccurate information is appreciated. If you find an error please let us know.