Increasing access into higher education : insights from the 2011 African Network on Evidence-to-Action on Disability Symposium – Education Commission

Lyner-Cleophas, Marcia ; Swart, Estelle ; Chataika, Tsitsi ; Bell, Diane (2014-06)

Publication of this article was funded by the Stellenbosch University Open Access Fund.

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Lyner-Cleophas, M., Swart, E., Chataika, T. & Bell, D. 2014. Increasing access into higher education: Insights from the 2011 African Network on Evidenceto- Action on Disability Symposium – Education Commission. African Journal of Disability, 3(2), doi:10.4102/ajod.v3i2.78.


This article provides some insights into the challenges regarding inclusion in higher education of students with disabilities. It does this by elucidating aspects of the proceedings of the Education Commission at the African Network on Evidence-to-Action on Disability (AfriNEAD) Symposium, which took place in Zimbabwe in November 2011. The presentations specifically focused on the education of people with disabilities from early childhood through to higher education. This article, however, is informed by presentations focusing on increasing access to higher education. The article is focused on the implementation of evidence in practice, research and policies stemming from rigorous debate and scientific foundations, whilst taking into account the dynamic realities of the higher education context. Themes such as the systemic approach needed for inclusion to be successful, increasing access and the dynamic role of students with disabilities are highlighted.

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