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Special Ed Statistics

AP

Students with disabilities face challenges when leaving school. Schools must help make this transition a smooth one, but many have had trouble meeting this requirement. Here is a look at some key statistics:

-Nearly 7 million students with disabilities are served in U.S. public schools.

-Specific learning disabilities are the most prevalent disabilities among public school students. They involve one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language. Dyslexia is a common example.

-Twenty-eight percent of young adults with disabilities are living independently up to four years after leaving high school.

About a quarter of young adults with disabilities are enrolled in some post-secondary education up to four years after leaving high school. That includes two and four-year colleges, vocational and technical schools.

About 11 percent of students in two and four-year colleges are identified as having disabilities. That percentage has roughly doubled since the mid-1990s.

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