school399More students with disabilities are being educated alongside their typically-developing peers, according to new federal data.

Nearly 95 percent of kids with disabilities spent at least part of their day in a regular education classroom in 2016. Over half — 63 percent — were in such classes at least 80 percent of the time. That’s up roughly 6 percent from a decade prior.

The figures come from a U.S. Department of Education report to Congress about implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

 The report indicates that more than 6 million students ages 6 to 21 received special education services in the nation’s schools in 2016.

The percentage of students identified as having autism more than doubled between 2007 and 2016, the Education Department noted, rising from 0.4 percent to 0.9 percent. The increase was gradual and occurred across all age groups.

Excerpted from “Inclusion Increasingly the Norm For Students With Disabilities” in Disability Scoop online. Read the full story.

Download a PDF of the report40th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2018. Interested in learning more about Individuals with Disabilities Education Act? Check out the IDEA website.

Source: Disability Scoop | Inclusion Increasingly the Norm For Students With Disabilities, https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2019/02/19/inclusion-increasingly-norm/26067 | © 2019 Disability Scoop, LLC

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