How many students in postsecondary education have a disability?
Eleven percent of undergraduates in both 2007–08 and 2011–12 reported having a disability. In 2011–12, some 44 percent of undergraduates with disabilities were male and 56 percent were female, about the same percentages as for undergraduates without disabilities. There were some differences in characteristics such as race/ethnicity, age, dependency status, and veteran status between undergraduates reporting disabilities and those without disabilities in 2011–12. For example, Black students made up a larger percentage of undergraduates reporting disabilities than of undergraduates without disabilities (18 percent vs. 16 percent). Undergraduates age 30 and over made up a larger percentage of those reporting disabilities than of those not reporting disabilities (36 percent vs. 24 percent). A larger percentage of undergraduates who had dependents reported disabilities than of those not reporting disabilities (33 percent vs. 27 percent). Also, veterans made up a larger percentage of undergraduates with disabilities than of undergraduates without disabilities (7 percent vs. 3 percent).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2015). Digest of Education Statistics, 2013 (2015-011), Chapter 3.
|Percentage distribution of undergraduate students enrolled in postsecondary institutions, by disability status and selected student characteristics: 2007–08 and 2011–12|
|Selected student characteristic||Students with disabilities1||Nondisabled students|
|Percentage distribution of students||10.9||11.1||89.1||88.9|
|Race/ethnicity of student (percent)||100.0||100.0||100.0||100.0|
|American Indian/Alaska Native||0.8||1.2||0.8||0.9|
|Two or more races||2.9||3.6||2.3||2.9|
|15 to 23||52.1||45.3||59.0||57.6|
|24 to 29||20.9||18.8||17.6||18.4|
|30 or older||27.0||35.8||23.4||24.0|
|Dependency status (percent)||100.0||100.0||100.0||100.0|
|Independent with dependents||27.7||32.5||26.2||26.9|
|Veteran status (percent)||100.0||100.0||100.0||100.0||Veteran||4.6||6.9||3.2||3.3|
— Not available.
1 Students with disabilities are those who reported that they had one or more of the following conditions: a specific learning disability, a visual handicap, hard of hearing, deafness, a speech disability, an orthopedic handicap, or a health impairment.
NOTE: Data are based on a sample survey of students who enrolled at any time during the school year. Data for 2007–08 include Puerto Rico, which is excluded from the 2011–12 data. Detail may not sum to totals because of survey item nonresponse and rounding. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2015). Digest of Education Statistics, 2013 (NCES 2015-011), Table 311.10.
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