Did you know? 19% of Americans are classified as a person with a disability. That equals the population of the states of FL and CA combined. Recent data also indicates the number and percentage of Americans with a disability is on the rise.
If you are a parent, teacher, youth minister, or just anyone who works with children (or adults), you might find these statistics fascinating. Next time you get frustrated when a fidgety child won’t sit still and listen, or a student won’t look you in the eye, think twice before assuming they are just being disobedient. These stats tell a different story about what’s going on in our children’s minds. (Source: The Inclusive Church).
- 7% of children ages 3 – 17 have ADHD. 11% of boys, 4% of girls (1)
- 8% of children ages 3 – 17 have a learning disability. 10% boys, 6% girls (1)
- 10% of children have an anxiety disorder. (2)
- 13% of children ages 13 – 17 have a developmental disability (ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism). (3)
- 41% of children with a developmental disability have multiple disabilities (4)
- 17% of Americans will experience a communication disorder at some point in their life, which includes sensing, interpreting and responding (i.e. auditory processing disorder). (5)
- 1 in 110 children have an autism spectrum disorder. 1/70 boys, 1/315 girls. (6)
- 1.6 % of children will receive an ASD (autism spectrum disorder) diagnosis at some point in their lives. 2.6% boys. (7)
- 37.5% of individuals who receive an ASD diagnosis will go on to lose that diagnosis. (7)
- 41% of people with an autism spectrum disorder have an intellectual disability (which means that 59% do not necessarily have an intellectual disability). (3)
- 19% of Americans are classified as a person with a disability, which equals the population of the states of FL and CA combined. Both the number and percentage of Americans with a disability has risen in recent years. (8)
Reach out. Encourage. Understand. And you will find a way to connect with another soul.
Read Amy Fenton Lee’s original post at http://theinclusivechurch.wordpress.com/2010/07/19/just-the-facts-special-needs-statistics/.
(1) www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_234.pdf (page 5)