For the third straight year, the Institute of International Education has collected and presented data on U.S. students with disabilities studying abroad. During the 2008-2009 academic year, IIE collected data on 1,874 (3.6%) study abroad students with disabilities. Unfortunately, we only have data on the specific disabilities for 10% of these students which is:
48.1% - Learning Disability/ADD
24.6% - Mental Disability
15.0% - Other Disability
7.2% - Physical Disability
5.1% - Sensory Disability
Following is a screen shot from the Open Doors website comparing these data against data from the previous two years.
We all owe Mobility International USA a special thanks for advocating for the collection, analysis and presentation of this data and to the research staff at the Institute of International Education for a third straight year of data on these students!