Young persons with disabilities represent roughly 1% of all Spanish university graduates

Young persons with disabilities represent roughly 1% of all Spanish university graduates

September 17, 2018 - 13:15

According to the Survey on the Labour Insertion of Spanish University Graduates conducted by the INE

Young persons with disabilities represent roughly 1% of all Spanish university graduates

Madrid will be hosting the 4th International Congress "University & Disability" on November 15 and 16

(Madrid, September 6th, 2018).– Young persons with disabilities represent roughly 1% of all Spanish University graduates. This is deduced from the Survey on Labour Insertion of Spanish University graduates conducted by the INE (Spanish National Statistics Institute) in 2014, which indicates that the number of Spanish University graduates with disabilities is 1.766 of a total of 197.535 students that entered Spanish universities. They only make 0.89%.

This is one of the main debate topics and points of analysis of the 4th International Congress “University and Disability” organized by the ONCE Foundation, that will take place in Madrid, on November 15 and 16.

For the occasion of the Congress, 190 paper proposals in total were received from 14 countries, and almost half of them are related to good practices of inclusive Universities.

From the geographical aspect, Catalonia had 273 University graduates with disabilities, Andalusia 272, Valencia 218, Madrid 198, Murcia 163 and Castile and León 104: those are the Spanish autonomous communities that host most Spanish students with disabilities. Moreover, 146 of them obtained their degree from On-Site Universities.

When it is up to the gender aspects, 959 students in total were women with some type of disability, meanwhile the number of male students was 807. This brings up the conclusion that the profile of a student with a disability is a woman studying Social and Juridical Sciences.

4TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS

The current edition of the Congress, which coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, sets its main focus on establishing that the higher education and university studies are drivers of change for inclusion, the statement that complies with Article 26 of the aforementioned Declaration, as well as Article 24 of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This way, a gathering point is created for sharing experiences, best practices and the most relevant research on inclusive education, disability support services, managing inclusion, improvement of possibilities for employment, universal accessibility and all initiatives and projects related to University and Disability.

With the aim to increase the number of students with disabilities, the ONCE Foundation develops various lines of action, from strengthening young adolescents with disabilities awareness regarding the transition to higher education, to offering scholarships, as well as the possibility for the university students with disabilities to participate in its internship and traineeship program.

You can find more information about the Congress on its website:

http://ciud.fundaciononce.es/en

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