Disabilities Task Force
Appendices - Data and Charts
Postsecondary Education and Students with Disabilities
These classifications are defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for the purpose of providing special education services to age 21.
Where They Expect To Go (After High School)
In 1997-98, 5,446 students with disabilities who completed high school, and for whom postsecondary plans data were submitted, planned to enroll in a four-year, two-year or other college. An additional 3,387 planned to enter employment or go into military service. Among the students with disabilities who earned high school diplomas, the percentage planning to enter college was 37.8 percent while 23.5 percent planned to enter employment or military service.
POPULATION OF COLLEGE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
In 1997 (the latest year for which data are available), the number of self-identified students with disabilities who were enrolled in institutions of higher education was 30,889, representing 3.1 percent of the total college enrollment. This number depicts an increase of 53.7 percent since 1991. This increase occurred during a period of time when the total enrollment in higher education institutions decreased.