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Students with disabilities

Question:
How many students in postsecondary education have a disability?

Response:
Eleven percent of undergraduates in both 200304 and 200708 reported having a disability. In 200708, some 43 percent of undergraduates with disabilities were male and 57 percent were female, 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 200708. For example, White students made up a larger percentage of undergraduates reporting disabilities than of undergraduates without disabilities (66 percent vs. 61 percent). Undergraduates under age 24 made up a smaller percentage of those reporting disabilities than of those not reporting disabilities (52 percent vs. 59 percent). A smaller percentage of undergraduates who reported disabilities than of those without disabilities were dependents (45 percent vs. 52 percent). Veterans made up a larger percentage of undergraduates with disabilities than of undergraduates without disabilities (5 percent vs. 3 percent).

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2013). Digest of Education Statistics, 2012 (2014-015), Chapter 3.

Percentage distribution of undergraduate students enrolled in postsecondary institutions, by disability status and selected student characteristics: 200304 and 200708
Selected student characteristic Students with disabilities1 Nondisabled students
200304 200708 200304 200708
Percentage of students with disabilities 11.3 10.9 88.7 89.1
Sex (percentage distribution) 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Male 42.0 42.6 42.5 43.0
Female 58.0 57.4 57.5 57.0
Race/ethnicity of student (percentage distribution) 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
White 65.0 65.6 62.6 60.7
Black 13.2 13.1 14.1 14.6
Hispanic 12.3 12.5 13.0 14.5
Asian/Pacific Islander 3.9 4.8 6.2 6.8
American Indian/Alaska Native 1.2 0.8 0.9 0.8
Other 4.5 3.2 3.2 2.6
Age (percentage distribution)100.0 100.0100.0 100.0
15 to 23 46.8 52.1 59.1 59.0
24 to 29 15.2 20.9 17.1 17.6
30 or older 38.0 27.0 23.8 23.4
Dependency status (percentage distribution)100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Dependent 40.4 44.8 51.8 52.1
Independent, unmarried 19.0 20.2 14.2 15.1
Independent, married 9.0 7.2 7.5 6.5
Independent with dependents 31.6 27.7 26.4 26.2
Veteran status (percentage distribution)100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Veteran 6.0 4.6 2.9 3.2
Not veteran 94.0 95.4 97.1 96.8

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 include Puerto Rico. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals because of survey item nonresponse and rounding.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2013). Digest of Education Statistics, 2012 (NCES 2014-015), Table 269.

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