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ERIC Number: EJ807545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0264-6196
A Snapshot of 2003-4: Blind and Partially Sighted Students in Higher Education in England and Northern Ireland
Gray, Gemma; Wilkins, Sarah Morley
British Journal of Visual Impairment, v23 n1 p4-10 2005
This survey explored the numbers and proportion of partially sighted, blind braille reading and blind non-braille reading students in Higher Education (HE) in 2003-4. As part of a HEFCE/DELNI funded project, all 134 disability offices in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in England and Northern Ireland were contacted by telephone and email, to collect information about the numbers of students, subjects and level of study for each of the student groups; and for blind braille readers also their year of study. Of 114 HEIs responding to the survey an estimated minimum of 1538 blind and partially sighted HE students in England and Northern Ireland were identified, representing 0.13 percent of the total undergraduate student population of these HEIs. Of these students 90.8 percent are partially sighted, and 9.2 percent are blind (i.e. of the total undergraduate student population 0.12 percent are partially sighted and 0.013 percent are blind). Of blind students, nearly 66 percent read braille. Of all blind and partially sighted students, 65.4 percent were undergraduates, 8.5 percent were postgraduates, with the level of study for the remaining students unknown. Popular areas of study for blind and partially sighted students included "Business Management and Accounting", "Information and Computer Sciences" and "Art, Design and Communication". (Contains 1 table and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)