Students with Disabilities in Distance Education: Characteristics, Course Enrollment and Completion, and Support Services

July 15, 2004

Between 1998 and 2001 a total of 604 students with disabilities enrolled in undergraduate courses at Athabasca University, which represents 1.5% of the student population. More than half (52%) had a physical disability, 20% had a learning disability, 20% had a psychological disability, 4% had some form of visual impairment, and 3% had a hearing impairment. Of these students 56.6% completed
one or more of the courses in which they were enrolled.

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