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April 19, 2000 1 min read

Number of Children Ages 6-21
Served Under IDEA by Disability

Disability 1988-89 1997-98 Percent Change
Specific Learning Disabilities 1,995,186 2,756,046 38.1
Speech or Language Impairments 965,385 1,067,181 10.5
Mental Retardation 576,671 603,408 4.6
Emotional Disturbance 373,202 455,194 22
Multiple Disabilities 84,480 107,234 27
Hearing Impairments 57,117 69,672 22
Orthopedic Impairments 47,195 67,502 43
Other Health Impairments 50,321 191,153 279.8
Visual Impairments 22,461 26,070 16.1
Autism

-

42,511

n/a*

Deaf- Blindness 1,494 1,463 - 2.1
Traumatic Brain Injury

-

11,914

n/a**

Developmental Delay

-

1,944

n/a***

All Disabilities 4,173,512 5,401,292 29.4
*Category introduced in 1995.
**Category introduced in 1991.
***Category introduced in 1997.

Number of Children Served Under IDEA by Age Group

Age Group 1988- 89 1997- 98 Percent Change
Age Group 0-2 34,270 197,376 476
Age Group 3-5 360,281 571,049 58.5
Age Group 6-21 4,173,512 5,401,292 29.4
SOURCE: “The 21st Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of IDEA.”

A version of this article appeared in the April 19, 2000 edition of Education Week as Enrollment Figures

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