Difficulties experienced

Some people with disability experience difficulties at their school or educational institution, such as learning, fitting in socially and communicating.

School students (primary and secondary)

Not all school students with disability have difficulty at their school—1 in 3 (36%) do not. Some who have no difficulty have schooling restriction (17%) while others do not (19%).

Of those who have difficulty, the most common experienced are:

  • learning difficulties (69%)
  • fitting in socially (49%)
  • communication difficulties (43%)
  • intellectual difficulties (23%)
  • difficulty sitting (15%).

Non-school students

Not all non-school students with disability have difficulty at their educational institution—3 in 4 (72%) do not. Some with no difficulty have a non-school educational restriction (13%) while others do not (60%).

Of those who have difficulty, the most common experienced are:

  • learning difficulties (33%)
  • other difficulties (27%)
  • fitting in socially (21%)
  • difficulty sitting (16%)
  • communication difficulties (14%).

References

ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2016. Microdata: disability, ageing and carers, Australia, 2015. ABS cat. no. 4430.0.30.002. Canberra: ABS. AIHW analysis of TableBuilder.