This book sets out to understand how students with disabilities experience higher education and the transition to the workplace. It foregrounds the voices of students and graduates in order to explore identity, inclusion, participation and success of youth with disabilities in higher education, as well as their transition from university to employment.

The author proposes a new understanding of disability, considered in terms of a continuum of abilities, balancing empirical data, theory and policy analysis with specific regard to the interests of youth with disabilities, making a unique contribution to discussions on access, inclusion and success in higher education and employment. These discussions inform social development and educational policy planning and implementation, not only in South Africa, but also in countries with a similar context, particularly in terms of remedial courses of action that bring social justice to people with disabilities.

Students with Disabilities and the Transition to Work will be of interest to all scholars and students working in the fields of disability studies, particularly those with a focus on critical disability studies and disability in the global south, as well as those working in higher education, sociology, development studies and social policy.

chapter 1|13 pages


chapter 2|12 pages

Students with disabilities in higher education

A global perspective

chapter 4|10 pages

Disability models or approaches

chapter 5|11 pages

Capability approaches

chapter 6|10 pages

Disabled or not disabled?

chapter 9|15 pages

Resilience and coping strategies

chapter 10|18 pages

Valued opportunities

An inclusive higher education policy through the capability approaches