Foreign experience in social and educational inclusion of people with limited health abilities evidenced from the study of higher education



In the last fifteen years, following global trends of humanization of social life, the formation of barrier-free environment for people with disabilities began and attention to the problem of education for people with disabilities increased dramatically. The article provides a brief overview of the history of education for disabled people in the context of developing a social model of disability. The main attention is focused on the reviewing of international experience covering higher education of disabled people. The results of foreign studies of learning problems of students with disabilities highlighted that despite the fact that in many developed countries a number of reforms was implemented in order to increase access to higher education for disabled people there are still some barriers and difficulties for this category of students. The paper emphasizes the key role of education in the social inclusion of disabled people.

General Information

Keywords: higher education of disabled people, social model of disability, medical model of disability, inclusive education, barrier-free environment

Journal rubric: Psychology of Special and Inclusive Education

Article type: review article

For citation: Gurkina O.A., Novikova E.M. Foreign experience in social and educational inclusion of people with limited health abilities evidenced from the study of higher education [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2014. Vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 6–15. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Olga A. Gurkina, researcher at the Center for Applied psychological and educational research, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Elena M. Novikova, scientific researcher, Information and analytical department, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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