SDG4: Quality Education

Understanding the intersecting barriers that people with learning disabilities encounter when trying to access higher education.

Mitch Wilson

Individual Video Interviews

Groups got a chance to answer a few questions about their topic and the exhibition. 

Visualizing the Problem

People with learning disabilities face barriers in their everyday life. It is no surprise that there is a disproportionately fewer people with disabilities that go on to post-secondary education after completing high school. This can be explained by several factors, but can be broken down into 2 primary categories: before attending post-secondary education and once they are in post-secondary education. Within these categories, factors such as finances, mental health and support, self-confidence, class structure and improper implementation of accommodations may cause someone with a learning disability to either 1) not attend post-secondary education, 2) not complete their post-secondary studies, or 3) complete their studies (usually over a longer period of time). Although there are supports to help alleviate the burden off students with learning disabilities, these do not always guarantee that they will continue to go to post-secondary education or be able to complete it.