DSW Candidate – Kristen Whiston, LMSW, SSW, 10:30AM – 11:45AM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Unveiling the invisible in higher education: Experiences, outcomes, and potential solutions for students with disabilities

DSW Candidate – Kristen Whiston, LMSW, SSW

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

10:30AM – 11:45AM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0

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Unveiling the invisible in higher education: Experiences, outcomes, and potential solutions for students with disabilities.

The Seminal fight for the rights of individuals with disabilities across the globe occurred in 1948 with the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Since then, countries across the globe have enacted laws that fight discrimination and unequal access to quality higher education. These laws and protections lead to changes in universities and increased enrollments of students with disabilities in universities around the world. Despite these protections, Students with disabilities are not staying in college, nor are they graduating at the same rate as their peers without disabilities. It is due to these unequal outcomes; a series of papers were created.

First, a review of literature was conducted to answer the question “what are the outcomes of students with disabilities in higher education?” Secondly, a conceptual paper was written to explore why Students with disabilities face the barriers they do by examining the history and future of disability theories. Finally, a practice application paper was conducted utilizing studies from the voices of students with disabilities, to create a new plan: Learning communities.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Relate Barriers to their impact.
  2. Recognize theories used in disability studies.
  3. Identify potential solutions.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.