A total of 385 people with disabilities completed university studies in the Canary Islands


Tafira campus of the ULPGC.

Tafira campus of the ULPGC.
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A total of 385 people with disabilities have completed university studies in the Canary Islands during the 2020/2021 academic year, as revealed by the ‘Guide to Care for People with Disabilities at the University 2020’, which Universia Foundation publishes this Wednesday with the support of Banco Santander.

At the national level, 23,851 people with disabilities have studied at Spanish universities during the last year, thus reaching their all-time high.

According to the Universia Foundation, the number of students with disabilities enrolled in Spanish universities this last year has increased by 1,033 people. This data represents an increase of 4.5% with respect to the 22,818 students with disabilities enrolled in the previous year. Despite this upward trend, the percentage of representation of university students with disabilities in relation to the total number of students in the university system remains at 1.5%.

Since the registration of students with disabilities began in 2008, 2014 was the year with the highest number of students with disabilities registered, with 21,942 university students, compared to the 8,230 enrolled in 2008. But as of 2014, the number decreased of students with disabilities, until the upward trend returned in 2017, surpassing the 2014 record in 2018, with 22,190 students.

By autonomous communities, the universities of the Community of Madrid lead the ranking, with 10,232 students with disabilities enrolled, followed by Catalonia, with 3,719, and Andalusia, with 2,808 university students.

In fourth place is the Valencian Community (2,080), followed by Murcia (912), Castilla y León (784), Galicia (653), Basque Country (563), Canarias (385), Castilla-La Mancha (326), La Rioja (320) and Asturias (308). The five communities with the fewest university students with disabilities are: Aragón (270), Baleares (190), Extremadura (134), Navarra (112) and Cantabria (55).

Information by universities

This year’s ‘Guide to Care for People with Disabilities at the University 2020’ is the 13th edition of this annual publication, which has the collaboration of 79 Spanish universities, through their Support Services for People with Disability.

As a novelty, this year the publication offers details of the Spanish universities that have support for students with special educational needs (high abilities, dyslexia, ADHD, etc.) and R&D projects applied to inclusion, as well as information on guidance academic and work, scholarships and grants, volunteering, employment and professional practices for students with disabilities, which Fundación Universia carries out in collaboration with different universities and institutions.

The Guide offers information and resources that facilitate access to the university to be responsible for diversity, inclusive and quality, in terms of accessibility criteria for people with disabilities. The document includes the contacts of the areas responsible for supporting people with disabilities in the universities and the services offered by each of them.

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