Students with disabilities do not receive the same benefits from postsecondary education as other studentsJun 02, 2021 | Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario
The report, Postsecondary Credential Attainment and Labour Market Outcomes for Ontario Students with Disabilities, by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) evaluates the experiences and outcomes of individuals with disabilities in the Ontario school system from K-12 to post-secondary education. The report found that students with learning, mental health, and physical disabilities are less likely to fully participate in post-secondary education and report worse labour market outcomes compared to individuals without disabilities.
HEQCO provides five recommendations for post-secondary institutes to help promote accessibility:
- Incorporate Universal Design in Learning principles in course materials and policies
- Gather the perspectives of K-12 students living with disabilities to better understand why students are less likely to participate in post-secondary education
- Create school-to-work programs for post-secondary students with disabilities
- Proactively improve and build supports for students, particularly for those with mental health disabilities
- Improve the quality and consistency of data and include the lived experiences of people with disabilities.
Learn more and access the report here