Are official statistics about young adults with disabilities graduating from mainstream vocational training institutions available?


Official statistics should be clear and reliable so that decision makers are able to identify the biggest needs in vocational training and job creation. This data can also be related to data about employment and job creation so that the biggest gaps in the vocational and employment systems are visible. We are looking for data relating to graduates from mainstream vocational training, not rehabilitation centers or similar. We are interested to know whether data exists about young adults with disabilities who graduate from mainstream vocational training centers together with their non disabled peers.

In detail


The availability of data also in regards to vocational training at mainstream institutions for young adults with disabilities seems to be rare: only 6 percent of respondents stated that in their respective country such official statistics are available. The vast majority, 74 percent, gave a red light – meaning such data does not exist. The available data often is only for internal use and not available for external stakeholders (Romania; Zimbabwe) or not collected on a national level (New Zealand). Eventhough data might be available to some extend, the figures are out of date since not collected on a regular basis (Guatemala; Canada; New Zealand). In Moldova data about youth with disabilities graduating from vocational training is available- but only for those graduating from special schools.


Kathleen Hasselblad; Highline College, United States: “Our vocational schools are part of the public education system and are by legal definition open access. Adults with disabilities are not required to self identify. We track who identifies but the data is not accurate. Students who self identify are approximately 10-15% of those who have disabilities.”

Ghulam Nabi Nizamani; CBR Asia Pacific Network, Pakistan: “…because there is 5% quota fixed for youth with disabilities at mainstream vocational training institutions.”

Matei Ghigiu, 3DecembrieALTfel, Romania: “There are no official public data available, the ministry of education partially have those data but they are for “internal” use.”

CRPD Article

Article 31 Statistics and data collection

  1. 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. The process of collecting and maintaining this information shall:
    1. Comply with legally established safeguards, including legislation on data protection, to ensure confidentiality and respect for the privacy of persons with disabilities;
    2. Comply with internationally accepted norms to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms and ethical principles in the collection and use of statistics.
  2. The information collected in accordance with this article shall be disaggregated, as appropriate, and used to help assess the implementation of States Parties’ obligations under the present Convention and to identify and address the barriers faced by persons with disabilities in exercising their rights.
  3. States Parties shall assume responsibility for the dissemination of these statistics and ensure their accessibility to persons with disabilities and others.