Alan V Jones and Christopher Hopkins
This chapter will address the general problems students with physical disabilities experience when applying to, and studying in, higher education. Some case studies will be used to emphasize the principles being considered.
It is our contention, and that of many others, that true access into higher education by students with disabilities means a right to enter all appropriate courses. These include those involving the practical sciences, technology, medicine, teaching, engineering and sports science, providing the students have the academic qualifications and abilities to do so. Disabled people should not be restricted, as some school career advisers recommend, to the more 'book' based courses if the student has the academic ability, common sense, genuine desire and motivation to do the appropriate courses. This chapter focuses upon students with physical disabilities and their access to suitable courses.