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Higher Education (Disabled Students)

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) disabled students and (b) students with severe learning disabilities entered higher education in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (91686)

The most recent information is shown in the following table. Figures for 2005/06 will be available in January 2007.

UK domiciled, undergraduate entrants to English institutions by disability type1

Disability type

2000/01

2001/02

2002/03

2003/04

2004/05

Dyslexia

7,750

10,010

11,765

13,140

14,755

Blind/are partially sighted

665

875

820

835

870

Deaf/have a hearing impairment

1,365

1,670

1,600

1,695

1,800

Wheelchair user/have mobility difficulties

1,040

1,265

1,300

1,275

1,370

Personal care support

70

75

70

60

55

Mental health difficulties

885

1,115

1,340

1,505

1,620

An unseen disability e.g. Diabetes, Epilepsy, Asthma

5,550

6,035

5,430

5,720

5,815

Multiple disabilities

1,540

2,150

2,245

3,050

3,020

Autistic spectrum disorder

n/a

n/a

n/a

65

185

A disability not listed above

2,785

3,265

3,880

3,735

3,700

Unknown

20,085

6,940

9,695

7,050

61,640

No disability

454,375

496,565

503,730

515,765

456,545

Total

496,095

529,955

541,875

553,890

551,375

n/a = not applicable.

1 A separate category for autistic spectrum disorder was introduced in 2003/04. The information on disability is based on self reporting by students and those who have indicated that they have a disability will not necessarily be in receipt of a disabled students allowance (DSA).

Note:

Figures are based on the HESA standard registration population and have been rounded to the nearest five, so components may not sum to totals.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)