Education restrictions

People with disability who have specific restrictions related to school or non-school education can face additional challenges participating in education.

School students (primary and secondary)

Around 4 in 5 (81%) school students with disability have 1 or more schooling restrictions (Table 1).

The most common restrictions are:

  • has difficulty at school (79%)
  • uses special assistance from a person at school (57%)
  • needs special arrangements at school or institution (37%)
  • attends special classes (23%)
  • attends a special school (18%).

Boys (85%) are more likely than girls (75%) to have schooling restrictions.

Table 1: School students with disability, whether has schooling restrictions, 2015 (%)

 

Boys

Girls

Total

Has schooling restriction

84.6

74.9

81.0

Does not have schooling restriction

15.4

24.6

18.6

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 Source: ABS 2016; see also Table S1.

Non-school students

Around 2 in 5 (41%) non-school students with disability have restrictions related to their education (a non-school educational restriction) (Table 2). This includes having difficulty, needing at least 1 day a week off, and/or needing special assistance from a person at the education institution.

Table2: Non-school students with disability, whether has non-school educational restrictions, 2015 (%)

 

Males

Females

Total

Has non-school educational restriction

36.1

42.6

40.6

No non-school educational restriction

63.0

57.1

59.9

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 Source: ABS 2016; see also Table S3.

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.