A little over half of the disabled population in the country is literate and among them just 8.5 per cent is graduate or above.
According to the census data of 2011, released by the Registrar General of India (RGI), of the total disabled population of 2.68 crore in 2011, 1.46 crore (54.5 per cent) are literates.
A decade ago, the percentage of literates among disabled population was 49.3 per cent and the remaining 50.7 per cent were illiterates.
The comparative position of disabled population by literacy status, educational level among literates and sex for census 2001 and 2011 show that not only the percentage of literates has increased for both males and females during the decade 2001-2011 but also their attainment in higher educational levels has improved.
Among the disabled literate population, 9 per cent males are graduate and above and 7.7 per cent females are graduates and above. As many as 24.9 per cent males are matric or secondary but below graduate while 21.2 females are matric or secondary but below graduate, the census report said.
As many as 16.7 per cent disabled population is middle but below matric/ secondary education. About 24.3 per cent are primary but below middle, 19.4 per cent population are literate but below primary.
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