Disability Profiles of Elementary and Middle School Students with Disabilities

This document seeks to go beyond studentsí primary disability categories in understanding the challenges that they face. It compares the primary disability with parent experiences, studentsí health and some of their functional limitations associated with their disabilities.

Highlights:

On average, parents reported 1.5 disabilities for students.

Parents of more than one-fourth of students identified their children as having attention deficit or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders (AD/HD).

Information on the ages at which children first were identified as having a disability or delay and first received services for them may point up opportunities for earlier efforts to ameliorate the effects of some kinds of disabilities.

Lower-income and wealthier students differed in their disability profiles in important ways.

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Last Updated 04/03