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U.S. Dept of Ed: Number of students with autism doubles in ten years

Mar 12, 2020, Disability Scoop: Ed Department Records Steep Rise In Students With Autism The percentage of American schoolchildren receiving special education services as a result of an autism diagnosis doubled over 10 years. New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that 10.51 percent of all students with disabilities ages 6 to 21 in 2018 were identified as having autism. Just a decade earlier, that figure was at 4.97 percent. The numbers come from a collection of “fast facts” on autism released this month by the Education Department’s Office of Special Education Programs. It’s based on data collected from each state as mandated under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Across the nation, the percentage of students with disabilities who had autism varied by state, with a high of 15 percent in Minnesota during the 2018-2019 school year. By comparison, only 5 percent of students with disabilities in Montana were on the spectrum at that time….


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