Students with Disabilities
Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
In 1998–1999, 6 million children (ages 0 to 21), or about 13% of public school children, were enrolled in special education programs. Slowly increasing numbers and proportions of children are being served in programs for the disabled. During the 1990–1991 school year, 11% of students were served in these programs compared with 13% in 1998–1999. Some of the rise since 1990–1991 may be attributed to the increasing proportion of children identified as learning disabled, which rose from 5% of enrollment to 6% of enrollment in 1998–1999.
|Percent of all students served by |
federally supported programs for students with disabilities1
|Type of disability||1976–1977||1980–1981||1990–1991||1995–1996||1999–2000||2000–2001||2001–2002|
|Specific learning disabilities||1.80||3.58||5.17||5.75||6.04||6.02||5.97|
|Speech or language impairments||2.94||2.86||2.39||2.28||2.30||2.30||2.27|
|Other health impairments||0.32||0.24||0.13||0.30||0.54||0.62||0.71|
|Autism and traumatic brain injury||—||—||—||0.09||0.17||0.20||0.25|
NOTE: Because of rounding, details may not add to totals. (—) = not available.
1. Based on the enrollment in public schools, kindergarten through 12th grade, including a relatively small number of prekindergarten students. Includes students ages 3 to 21.
2. Less than .05%.
3. Includes preschool children ages 3 to 5.
4. Included in count by specific disability.
Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; National Center for Education Statistics. From Digest of Education Statistics 2003.
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