Experiences of Students Living with Physical Disabilities at a University of Technology in KwaZulu-Natal


  • Reggiswindis T Hlengwa Durban University of Technology
  • Andile S Masuku




Higher education, challenges, students, physical disabilities, University of Technology


Society’s inadequate response to disability impacts people’s physical health, social relationships and lives in general which can be perceived in the realms of family, friends, neighbours, psychological state and level of independence. The consequences of a disability can have an impact on multiple levels, the personal, interpersonal, family and social (Catherin & Shanbhang, 2015). These impacts are mirrored – and in some ways exaggerated – in the lives of students living with disabilities. Students living with physical disabilities at universities of technology may experience challenges that negatively affect their studies. The purpose of the study reported in this article was to explore the experiences of students who are living with physical disabilities at a selected university of technology in KwaZulu-Natal. The study adopted a qualitative design. Semi-structured interviews with open-ended questions were employed to collect data from the 10 participants. And participation of students living with physical disabilities was secured through the snowball sampling technique. The findings of the research revealed a variety of challenges that students with physical disabilities encounter at the selected university of technology.




How to Cite

Experiences of Students Living with Physical Disabilities at a University of Technology in KwaZulu-Natal: . (2022). Journal of Student Affairs in Africa , 10(1). https://doi.org/10.24085/jsaa.v10i1.2525