Thriving through COVID-19: Reflections from Tertiary Students with Disability at a National Online Forum
On 9 December 2020, the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) invited university and TAFE students with disability to participate in a student forum, supported by the NCSEHE, entitled Thriving through COVID-19.
ADCET’s earlier scoping survey on the impact of COVID-19 on the tertiary education sector found that while some students struggled with the COVID-19 disruptions, others coped well. This forum aimed to establish the critical success factors that enabled some students to thrive through the disruptions and online learning environments and look at how these might be taught or shared with other students.
This report reflects the data from the two-hour online forum, attended by 32 students with disability from across Australia, to explore the question: What are the critical success factors, for students with disability, for thriving through the COVID-19 period?
Students shared success stories, identified enabling factors, articulated hopes for the future, and designed prototypes to deliver ways to do more of what works well.