Description

Are official statistics published covering the number of persons with disabilities who graduate from university?
Please describe, if possible, how identification of such students has been made as, for example, many students with invisible disabilities choose not to self-identify at university level.

Relates to Convention Article:

  • No.24, Education
  • No.31, Statistics and data collection

In detail

Article 24 prescribes that “States Parties shall ensure that persons with disabilities are able to access general tertiary education…”

Article 31 prescribes that “States Parties undertake to collect appropriate information, including statistical and research data, to enable them to formulate and implement policies to give effect to the present Convention ”.

From the combination of these two articles, it can be concluded that official statistics should include information on the percentage of persons with disabilities among graduates of higher education programmes, since this is the only way in which the success of an inclusive education policy can be measured. Whilst the definition of a disability can play an important role in this context, by asking only whether statistics are available, the phrasing of the question makes this irrelevant. It is possible to evaluate the successful implementation of an inclusive educational policy by means of long-term analysis, regardless of the selected definitions (e.g. self-assessment by the students), as long as these definitions are not changed.