The survey of disabled students in higher education started in the spring of 1972. This chapter considers for a research study after contact with the Open University. The Open University accepts students for degree courses who might not be admitted to the ordinary universities or polytechnics because they do not possess the formal entrance qualifications, or because they are prevented from attending a college for some other reason. Open University students study at home by means of correspondence courses, television programmes, locally situated tutors and study centres, and by attendance at summer schools. Higher education in Britain covers certificate, diploma, and various professional courses, as well as degree work. The field is so varied and extensive that it was necessary to limit the boundaries of the subject in order to examine the question in depth while keeping within the resources and time spans available.