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North Carolina: "Rising number" of kids with disabilities

July 6, 2017, (NC) ExitEvent.com: UNC Autism Experts’ Startup Frees Teachers to Help Special Ed Students Succeed https://www.exitevent.com/2017/07/unc-autism-experts-edtech-startup-frees-teachers-to-help-special-ed-students-succeed/ NC IDEA announces six North Carolina startups as spring grant winners and recipients of a collective $300,000. This story is part of a series of profiles on the winners. When teachers are loaded with federally-mandated paperwork and case reports, the pressure to fulfill daily administrative procedures can send a sincere passion for teaching to the back of their minds. … The idea is still to serve the increasing number of educators working with students on the autism spectrum, but along with the broader market of special education, an area the founders believe is in dire need of a solution to IEP management challenges. In the U.S., 13 percent of children participate in IEPs as designated special education students. That figure will likely increase given the rising number of school-age kids being diagnosed with disabilities.