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37% of Catalan university students with a disability study at the UOC

11   July   2017

At the UOC, in just two years, this group has grown by almost 200 people, going from 873 students to 1,064.

At the UOC, in just two years, this group has grown by almost 200 people, going from 873 students to 1,064.

 A large part of Catalan university students with a disability choose the UOC to pursue higher education. Of the 2,854 students with a disability on 2015-2016, 1,064 are enrolled at the UOC. 

As regards Spain as a whole, the UOC is in third place in terms of numbers of disabled students, behind only the UNED and a short way behind the University of Valencia. This is shown in the most recent edition of the Universia Foundation guide on universities and disability.

At the UOC, in just two years, this group has grown by almost 200 people, going from 873 students to 1,064. The university offers the possibility of curricular adaptations, taking part in specialist conferences and courses for this group, studying with adapted material and websites, and access to sign language interpreters. There are also financial advantages, such as complete exemption from payment of fees as the other catalan public universities.

More university students with a disability

The growth in this group at the UOC follows the Spanish growth trend. In the 2016/2017 academic year, a total of 20,793 students with a disability have studied at Spanish universities. They represent 1.4% of the whole of the university community.

The number of students with a disability enrolled at Spanish universities has increased by 98 people; 0.5% more than in 2015/2016. The 0.5% growth is relevant because since 2015, a 6% fall in enrolments had been recorded.

According to the report published by the Universia Foundation and Endesa, the number of students studying on-site has also grown, standing at 12,641 ¿ 39% of the total ¿ compared with students on distance courses, which stands at 8,152. In fact, in the last three years, student numbers enrolled at on-site universities have risen by 3%. By contrast, distance learning numbers have fallen by 4%. In this sense, we should underline that the UOC bucks this global trend.

Specialist resources

The tenth edition of the Disability Services Guide, for 2017, collates all the services, grants and aids offered by Spanish universities to foster educational inclusion.

It also includes the contact details of the departments responsible for providing support to people with disabilities at the 77 Spanish universities that cooperate with the guide, and the list of services that each one offers. Besides this, it also includes information about accessibility, volunteer programmes, employment guidance and internships.

The guide is distributed free of charge to 11,362 secondary and upper secondary schools and educational guidance centres throughout Spain.

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