Best and worst cities for students with disabilities

Students with disabilities

Students with disabilities (SWD) are entering higher education in great numbers throughout the United States. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), in 2021, 7.2 million students – or 15% of students in public schools – served under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), marking an increase from the previous year.

Like any student entering a new learning environment, some experience transitional challenges; for many young adults it is their first time away from home, their first experience with independence, or their first encounter with a new academic and social environment. However, college SWD face additional barriers and difficulties that can hinder their academic success.

With the physical and economic challenges of managing a disability in mind, Studocu went through the data comparing more than 350 cities across the US to find the most disability-friendly ones. Our data set ranges from the cost of living to the average income for people with disabilities and much more. Before delving into the best and worst cities for disabled students, the research team at Studocu decided to look at the bigger picture and see the best and worst states for students with disabilities in the US based on accessibility.