As many of you have heard me say, employers can easily find job candidates with #disabilities who have or are about to earn #college degrees, if only they look and conduct their outreach in the right way. According to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, students with disabilities were almost 11 percent of postsecondary students in 2008. Because these numbers are based on self-reporting, we believe these numbers are actually higher. But recently I was asked about the numbers of students with disabilities who are either in masters or doctoral level programs or already possess these advanced degrees. The most recent National Postsecondary Student Aid Study cites statistics that state that about 8 percent of master's students and 7 percent of doctoral students in the 2007-2008 academic year had some type of disability, and women were slightly more likely – 8 percent versus 7 percent at the master's level and 7 percent versus 6 percent at the doctoral level – to report having a disability. Highly educated individuals with disabilities are out there - we just need to look for them.
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