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Special education enrollment up slightly nationwide

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education released data on special education enrollment in the nation in the 2015-2016 school year. The data covers students between the ages of 6 and 21. The stats point to that school year seeing a slight increase in special education enrollment.

Reportedly, in that school year, students who received services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act totaled out to 6,050,725. In comparison, in the 2014-2015 school year, the number of students who received such special education services was 5,944,241.

California topped all other states in such enrollment. Around 650,000 of the state’s students were under IDEA coverage in the 2015-2016 school year.

There were certain disability classes that saw particularly big jumps in special education enrollment last school year. The stats point to autism being among these classes.

So, special education issues related to autism are something an increasing number of parents here in the U.S. may be dealing with. There are a wide range of different discussions, meetings and other interactions a parent can end up having with their child’s school when their child has autism. Such parents may have many questions regarding what to do in such interactions. Skilled education lawyers can assist such parents with their questions. Such attorneys can also help such parents with their efforts to work with their child’s school to get their child the right services and support.

One wonders if the current school year will also ultimately show rising special education enrollment, or show a different trend. One also wonders how trends related to different types of disabilities among special education students, such as autism, will change and shift in upcoming school years.

Source: Disability Scoop, “Education Department Records Uptick In Special Ed Enrollment,” Shaun Heasley, Feb. 16, 2017

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