Accessibility in Education

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    Did you know that one billion people in the world have a mental or physical disability? Or that 12.9% of all students in North America have some form of disability?

    What does this mean for education?

    North American high school graduation rates for disabled students have risen 0.5% since 2011. 64% now earn a high school diploma in 4 years. Unfortunately, North American high school dropout rates have also risen 0.5% in as many years. 19.7% of students with a disability will drop out before completing high school.

    Most students choose not to disclose their disability when they enter higher education. That's 60 to 80% of North American undergrads and 9% of graduate students. Even so, there is a lot that we as Educators can do to help disabled students be successful.

    3% of the global population, less than 1% of students in North America, has a visual disability. This means that they have challenges perceiving visual content. Provide those students with text-based alternatives that they can consume.

    4% of the global population, 4% of students in North America, has a physical disability. These students have challenges with muscle and motor control, which makes using technology difficult. Format your content for assistive technology and keyboard navigation for simpler web content navigation.

    5% of the global population, less than 1% of students in North America, has a hearing disability. This means that they have challenges perceiving auditory content and need alternatives. Provide captions, transcripts, and other alternatives that they can consume.

    An overwhelming 25% of the global population, 9% of students in North America, has a cognitive disability. That is 1 in every 25 North American freshmen who have a learning disability. These students have neurological challenges processing information. It's important to build in flexibility. Use many modes of information and create a clutter-free experience.

    Sources

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    "WHO | World Health Organization." WHO | World Health Organization. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Sept. 2015.

    "Fast Facts: Students With Disabilities." National Center for Education Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Sept. 2015.

    "Statistics." DO-IT. University of Washington (UW), n.d. Web. 11 Sept. 2015.

    "Special Education Compendium Statistics." Disabilitycompendium.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Sept. 2015.