U.S. Disability Statistics of School Age Children

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Published: Nov 17, 2011 (Revised: Jun 14, 2013)

Abstract: Examines disability type school enrollment and geographic distribution for school-age children in the United States.
Detail: This brief, based on 2010 American Community Survey estimates, examines disability type, school enrollment and geographic distribution for school-age children in the United States.

The brief compares disability rates of children among states and metropolitan vs. non-metropolitan areas.

Statistic Highlights:

Of the 53.9 million school-age children 5 to 17, about 2.8 million were reported as having a disability in 2010.
Across the states, the percentage of metro area children with disabilities who were enrolled in public schools ranged from 76.5 percent to nearly 100 percent.
Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio and the District of Columbia had public school enrollment rates for children with a disability that was less than the national estimate.
Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming had enrollment rates above the national estimate.
Rates of disability among school-age children for metropolitan statistical areas ranged from 1.2 to 13.0 percent, while the disability rates for those enrolled in public schools ranged from 1.4 percent to 14.6 percent.
About 89.4 percent of school-age children with a disability living in metro areas were enrolled in public schools, 7.3 percent were enrolled in private schools and 3.3 percent were not enrolled in school.
Full Statistics

For the full statistics go to www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acsbr10-12.pdf (PDF File)

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  2. Kathryn Roggenbuck
    Thursday 13 March 2014, 1:57 pm | Reply

    These statistics are interesting, but i wonder how many students have a disability and are not diagnosed?

  3. I found these statistics very interesting, because i did not know how many kids today suffered with disabilities. It is jaw dropping that 2.8 million students would have a learning disability. I wounder if the numbers have increased or decreased over the past four years.

  4. As someone who wants to work with the pediatric age range population, these statistics were extremely helpful to know the population and where they are coming from and how to best meet them where they are at. Statistics are very important to understand the limitations and present conditions of the population, so that the therapists can address those needs.

  5. Useful source. It has great information that could potentially be used for research.

  6. This is interesting because more people in the schools have disabilities than more people realize.

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