1st Edition

Students with Disabilities and the Transition to Work A Capabilities Approach

By Oliver Mutanga Copyright 2020
    164 Pages
    by Routledge

    164 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    List of figures and tables; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Chapter 1: Introduction; The study; Structure of the book; Notes; References; Chapter 2: Students with Disabilities in Higher Education: A Global Perspective; Introduction; Perceptions and Experiences of students with disabilities in higher education; Higher Education Institutions’ responses to the needs of students with disabilities; Discussion; Conclusion; Notes; References; Chapter 3: Students with Disabilities in Southern African Higher Education; Introduction; Conceptualising disability; Students’ with disabilities’ access and participation in higher education; Supporting mechanisms for students with disabilities; Discussion; Conclusion; References; Chapter 4: Disability Models or Approaches; Introduction; The Medical Model; The Social Model; The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF); The Human Rights Approach; Conclusion; References; Chapter 5: Capability Approaches; Introduction; Theory of participatory parity; Conclusion; Notes; References; Chapter 6: Disabled or not disabled?; Introduction; Conceptualising disability; Findings; Discussion; Conclusion; References; Chapter 7: Inclusion of students with disabilities in Higher Education; Introduction; Inclusion and exclusion; Findings; Discussion; Conclusion; References; Chapter 8: Factors affecting the lives of students with disabilities at university; Introduction; Intersectionality and Disability Studies; Findings; Discussion; Conclusion; References; Chapter 9: Resilience and coping strategies; Introduction; Coping mechanisms; Findings; Discussion; Conclusion; References; Chapter 10: Valued opportunities: an inclusive Higher Education Policy through the Capability Approaches; Introduction; Capabilities Approach, Disability and the Dilemma of Difference; Findings; Capabilities and Valued Functionings; Capabilities from Wolff and De-Shalit’s (2007) list; Additional Higher Education Capabilities; Discussion; Conclusion; References; Chapter 11: Youth with disabilities and their transition to employment; Introduction; Findings; Discussion; Conclusion; References; Chapter 12: Beyond the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Introduction; National and International Disability Frameworks; Possibilities and ways forward; Conclusion; References; Index


    Oliver Mutanga is a Research Fellow at University College London. He is also an Expert Evaluator for the European Commission. His research interests are Disability and Health. He was awarded a scholarship at the University of the Free State in South Africa to pursue doctoral studies (2013– 2016). In 2015, he was awarded a CICOPS Fellowship by the University of Pavia, Italy. In 2017, he was awarded a Marie Sklodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Oslo, Norway. Prior to his PhD research, he worked as a Researcher in Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.