Making disability visible: How to generate more and better data on education for children with disabilities

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Making disability visible: How to generate more and better data on education for children with disabilities

Millions of people with disabilities are invisible because of insufficient data. Today, two new data resources focused on people with disabilities have been launched to help analyze and make the best possible use of data on people who are missing out solely because of their disability.

Two new data resources launched today focus on people with disabilities who are so often disadvantaged and ‘invisible’ when it comes to education. Excluded and uncounted, they are often missing not only from the world’s classrooms, but also from education data.

First, a new database developed by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) captures the severe educational challenges faced by people with disabilities. The database confirms that they are less likely to ever go to school, more likely to be out of school and have fewer years of education than people without disabilities.

They are far less likely to complete primary or secondary education or gain basic literacy skills, and women with disabilities are less likely to have had a formal education than men with disabilities – marginalized not only by their disability but also by their gender.

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