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Section II. Background Information and Methodology

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Special Education. According to the U.S Department of Education’s Office of Special Education, more than 236,000 students in Ohio ages 6 to 21 were served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Students between the ages of 12 and 21 account for 51.5 percent of the total, numbering 130,105 served under IDEA. Table 9 and Table 10 below show breakdowns of students served by disability category and age group, respectively. (U.S. Department Of Education – IDEA Data, 2016)

Table 9 - Ohio: Number of Students Age 6 - 21 Served under IDEA, Part B by Disability Category in 2016

Disability Category Number Served
Specific learning disability 96,904
Other health impairment 40,587
Speech of language impairment 24,799
Autism 21,258
Intellectual disability 20,024
Emotional disturbance 15,172
Multiple disabilities 12,450
Hearing impairment 1,870
Traumatic brain injury 1,440
Orthopedic impairment 1,275
Visual impairment 890
Deaf-blindness 49
Developmental delay 0


Table 10 - Ages of Students Served Under IDEA: 2016

Ages Number Percent of Total Special Education
3 to 5 22,662 9.0%
6 to 11 99,429 39.4%
12 to 17 115,123 45.6%
18 to 21 14,982 5.9%

 

 

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