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Report on the participation rates of students with disabilities in third level launched by AHEAD

Monday 28th January.

Cover of participation rates report

A new report released today by the Association for Higher Education Access & Disability (AHEAD) on the “Participation Rates of Students with Disabilities in Higher Education for the Academic Year 2011/12” reveals that while the overall numbers of students with disabilities participating has risen 15% year on year since 2010/11, the numbers of students with sensory disabilities participating has actually declined.

The report also highlights the severe under-representation of students with disabilities on part time courses. While students with disabilities make up almost 5% of the full time student population, they represent less than 1% of the part time population.

The report identified almost 8000 students with disabilities in the responding institutions, representing 4% of the total student population.

Download the report here

Full press release available here

For further information please contact, Ann Heelan, Executive Director of AHEAD Tel: (01) 7164396, ahead@ahead.ie