Educational experiences of youth with disabilities

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Release date: September 10, 2019
Infographic: Educational experiences of youth with disabilities
Description: Educational experiences of youth with disabilities

Percentage of youth with a disability currently in school by age group:

  • 15 to 16 years 93%
  • 17 to 20 years 55%
  • 21 to 24 years 27%

Half of youth with a disability require at least one aid, assistive device, or educational accommodation to follow their courses.

Top four school accommodations required:

  • Extended time to take tests and exams (43%)
  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP) (28%)
  • Computer/laptop/tablet with specialized software or adaptation (24%)
  • Modified or adapted course curriculum (22%)

Women (27%) are more likely than men (17%) to have, at some point, discontinued their formal education or training because of their condition.

42% of youth with a disability have experienced bullying at school because of their condition. This increases to 62% among those with a more severe disability.

Over half of youth with a more severe disability feel that their condition influenced their choices of courses or career.

Note: The Canadian Survey on Disability covers Canadians aged 15 years and over who experience limitations in their daily activities because of a long-term condition or health-related problem.

This infographic covers youth with a disability, aged 15 to 24 years, who were attending school at the time of the survey.

Youth with more severe disabilities include those whose severity class is either severe or very severe, as opposed to mild or moderate.

Source: Canadian Survey on Disability, 2017.

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