[Athen] numbers of disabled students in higher ed

Gaeir Dietrich gdietrich at htctu.net
Mon Jun 22 09:55:40 PDT 2009

The California community colleges have quite extensive statistics on their
disabled student population. See the Data Mart on the Chancellor's Office
Web site:


Historically, the numbers have run around 5-10% of the students in the CCCs
have a disability. Here is the date for the 2007-2008 school year:


In a nutshell, for 2007-2008, there were a total of 2,791,626 students in
the CCC system, and there were 102,700 who reported some sort of disability.
That works out to about 4% of all students, which is actually a bit on the
low side for us.

Statistics that I have seen for four-year institutions put their numbers
down below 1%.

Hope this helps!

Gaeir (rhymes with "fire") Dietrich
High Tech Center Training Unit of the
California Community Colleges
De Anza College, Cupertino, CA

The HTCTU provides leadership, training, and support to the California
Community Colleges in using technology to promote the success of students
with disabilities.
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From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
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Subject: Re: [Athen] numbers of disabled students in higher ed

Although not able to find Norms request for number of disabled students
in higher education statistics. I did find some interesting data
regarding to employment for individuals with disabilities.

I thought you might be interested.


Kenneth Elkind
Adaptive Technology Specialist
University of Massachusetts - Boston
IT-ED Tech Operations
Healey Library /UL/ 032
Kenneth.Elkind at umb.edu

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Subject: [Athen] Disabled student stats
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Looking for recent stats on numbers of disabled students in higher ed
either total numbers or better total with some break-down.

I have always found Google answering almost all my questions but not
time. Actually I ought to have this info on my computer but can't find

Spent 3-4 hours and now I am confessing my ignorance and asking for help

especially if you have a citation too.


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Norman Coombs norm.coombs at gmail.com
CEO EASI Equal Access to Software and Information
phone (949) 855-4852 (NOTE pacific time zone)


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