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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Infographic: The Numbers Behind Special Education

From B2C
Business to Community

By Brian Wallace
April 11, 2014

We all want what’s best for our children, especially when it comes to their education. And for children with disabilities, that concern grows even more.

Back in 1974, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was adopted. This act called for free and appropriate education (FAPE) for disabled children in all public schools. The acts also made sure that schools implemented individualized education for every child’s needs. As of 2011, there were 5,670,680 students aged six to twenty one who receives special education services in the United States.

Kids with disabilities cost public schools two to three times more than students without disabilities, and many school districts are struggling to keep up. The process of identifying disabled students, the type of disability and the right services for each child takes time, manpower, and a lot of money.

Today, children with learning, physical, and emotional disabilities are getting the education that they need and deserve. Look at this infographic for more on the numbers behind special education.

1 comment:

  1. Oh Mr. Wallace. You poor man. I can only assume that you have not walked in the shoes of a parent with a child who has special needs. You do not see the discrimination,the general public's lack of acknowledging the child's ability because they are ignorant of what is involved with raising a child who can learn, can do things typical kids can do but needs some additional assistance, mentoring or training. You do not cry for a child who was included up until a certain age and then left out and does not understand why his friends don't play with him any more and why other parents never invite him over to play with their kids so now their social skills begin to regress. I could go on, but I really believe that the people of this world who think like you cannot be changed. Live in your angry world of haves and have nots, work those crazy hours that keep you away from the issues in your own perfect world and write that check to Yale or Harvard or wherever your child wants to go. Live your life in a box with blinders. I pray there is not a day you have to face such a challenge. I pity you too for the lost opportunity to love a child with special needs and experience that unconditional love by just looking in their eye each day. Oh the joys you are missing.
    Just a suggestion, why not ask the federal hacks you have cocktails with or play golf with to actually fund IDEA so that educators may be able to properly run the programs that are weighing so heavy on your wallet so they can work the way they were suppose to. Maybe school districts shouldn't pay pensions to the poor teachers who work so hard each school year trying to teach a classroom full of kids with different needs. Who are hit, slapped and spend their own money to buy the proper supplies to help these kids because the school districts can't. Or, maybe we should cut back on their health care benefits. Rather than attack one of the most vulnerable in our population of human beings, kids who probably can't defend themselves to your simple minded and ignorant lesson on special education economics, take a look in the mirror and see what you can do to help the issue of need in our society. You are a poor, little small minded man.