Education and training

Equality in education: main results
  Persons with severe disabilities Persons with disabilities (total) Persons without disabilities
Educational attainment: upper secondary or higher (%) 1 75.8 84.7 88.9
Continuing education in the past 4 weeks (%) 2 10 20.4 28.1
1 SILC 2015, version 19.06.2016. Percentage of 25–64 year-olds having obtained at least one upper secondary qualification (Federal VET Diploma or Matura).
2 SLFS 2011. Percentage of 15–64 year-olds having participated in at least one informal continuing education activity in the past 4 weeks.
Sources: FSO – Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC), Swiss Labour Force Survey (SLFS)

Relevance to equality

The access to education and training is a basic human right. For people with disabilities, this right often entails some adjustments, either physical (buildings with wheelchair access, adapted school equipment, etc.) or educational (special curriculum, personalised support, etc.).
 
The right to education changes at different stages of life:
 
For children and young people with disabilities this right is mostly about adapted and inclusive education and the possibility to undertake vocational education and training leading to qualifications or to participate in higher education.
 
For adults the focus is on lifelong education (continuing education). This can be in the form of courses to improve present skills or to acquire new ones. In addition to its universal character, continuing education is especially important for people with disabilities who are no longer able to carry out their usual occupation: it is a way of acquiring new skills and to continue a professional career.

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