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A look at the numbers behind special education

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Back in 1974 the Individuals with Disabilities Education act was adopted, making free and appropriate education for disabled children available in all public schools. Additionally, the act also ensures that public schools implement individualized education for each child's needs. Today, there are 5,670,680 students who receive special education services in the United States. As medical research expands, identifying disabilities in children has become more reliable, thus students are getting the help they need to succeed in school.

In the past two decades mental disorders in children have risen 35 fold. ADHD, behavioral disorders, anxiety, and even depression are being identified more and more in kids aged 3 to 17. So far, one in five kids is diagnosed with some form of mental disorder and $247 billion is spent every year in medical bills, special education, and juvenile justice.

Take a look at this infographic for more on the numbers behind special education. Let us know what you think in the comments and don't forget to like and share.


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