English: Many countries worldwide have legislation to prevent discrimination against students
with disabilities and to integrate them into the general education system on secondary
and tertiary levels. Moreover, the United Nations and the Commonwealth support
and protect the rights of people with disabilities. However, despite legislation locally and
abroad, it appears that many remaining barriers prevent people with impairments from
full participation in their communities. Against this background, a survey was conducted
to determine the environmental and financial needs and problems experienced by a
selected group of South African students with impairments in higher education. The
students with impairments from three institutions of higher education, who were included
in this survey, expressed a need for direct financial support relating to special
equipment, discounts on textbooks, part-time employment and decreased tuition fees.
Furthermore, they had special requirements for parking space, buildings and lecture rooms.