BC University To Accept Students With Developmental
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
December 12, 2002
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--Next year, the University of British Columbia (UBC) will begin accepting students with developmental disabilities for the first time.
University officials announced that they will allow five such students to enroll in the school's arts and education courses. Those students will audit courses, which means that they will not be expected to take tests or gain credit toward degrees.
The decision is thought by some to be a natural move, considering that many students with developmental disabilities have been included in regular elementary and secondary schools for decades.
Advocates for inclusive education hope that other BC universities will follow UBC's lead. Universities in the neighboring province of Alberta have been accepting such students for several years.