Graduate Students With and Without Disabilities: A Comparison – The Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey (2016)
(Ottawa, September 19, 2018)
The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) has conducted a detailed analysis of the 2016 Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey (CGPSS) to examine the experiences of 2,324 graduate students who identify as having a disability. Specifically, we compared their experiences to those of their non-disabled peers. The purpose of the CGPSS survey is to obtain information about graduate student satisfaction and the student experience. This analysis was completed as part of the larger “Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodation for Post-Secondary Students With Disabilities in Canada” national study.
The analysis and report were completed by Kathleen Clarke, a Research Associate at NEADS. She offered the following comment regarding the timeliness of this work:
“It wasn’t until 2016 that the CGPSS had a question about disability and this is therefore the first time we have been able to dig into the experiences of such a large number of graduate students with disabilities. Comparing their experiences to students without disabilities reveals that there is still a lot of work to be done in the context of graduate education to support students’ specific needs.”
Amongst the findings, based on our analysis, of the CGPSS data -- in the report entitled Comparison of Graduate Students With and Without Disabilities Using 2016 Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey Data -- are the following:
The full report with the detailed findings can be found at the bottom of this press release in Word and PDF formats.
NEADS would like to thank the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies (CAGS) for organizing this survey and for also granting us access to the data for our analyses.
The National Educational Association of Disabled Students gratefully acknowledges grant funding support for this research from the Social Development Partnerships Program, Employment and Social Development Canada, the Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund, Government of Ontario and the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling, Counselling Foundation of Canada.
For further information about this research contact our national office:
National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) Rm. 514 Unicentre, Carleton University Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6
Download and read the report here in Word and PDF formats:
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