Open Doors Disability & Education Abroad Statistics
One percent gain in participation levels of students with disabilities studying abroad in this 6th year of data collection.
Kicking-off International Education Week 2013, the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange reports an increase in U.S. students with disabilities studying abroad.
While more post secondary institutions tracked disability status of their education abroad participants this year, most still do not - leaving the disability status for many education abroad students unknown.
Among those institutions where the disability status of study abroad students is known, 5% of study abroad students had disabilities in 2011/12 (up 0.9% from the previous year). Among those institutions that know what specific disability they had, the breakdown is:
- Learning Disability/ADD (43.4%)
- Mental Disability (28%)
- Other Disability (17.2%)
- Physical Disability (7.6%)
- Sensory Disability (3.8%)
Comparison with Previous Years
For statistics over these last six years, see Open Doors Data on U.S. Study Abroad: Students with Disabilities.
The first year the disability data was collected 2.6% of students with disabilities were reported to have studied abroad in 2006/07. The increase in percentage over the years can be attributed in part to campuses starting to put into place processes to collect this data. This year a few U.S. institutions, perhaps due to improved processes, resulted in a significant increase (over 100) from the previous year in the numbers of students with disabilities they counted. However, there is still not enough institutions answering the disability question to make it a national level finding.
Students with disabilities typically represent 9-11% of the student population on U.S. campuses (2008 U.S. Department of Education, National Postsecondary Student Aid Studies).
This data is from the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s annual Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. This is the sixth year IIE collected the disability study abroad data.
The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE), which is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and administered by Mobility International USA, provides free information and referral services to increase the participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in international exchange programs.