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Tuesday, February 23, 2021


 In The Politics of Autism, I write about special education and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The Department of Education has released the 42nd Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2020.

  • Between fall 2009 and fall 2018, the share of students ages 6 through 21 served under IDEA, Part B, who were reported under the category of autism increased from 5.7 percent to 10.5 percent.  (p. 138).  
  • The 2018 percentages ranged from 1.1 to 15.1 percent in the individual States. In the following nine States, 12 percent or more of the students served were reported under the category of autism: Minnesota (15.1 percent), California (13.9 percent), Virginia (13.2 percent), Nevada (13.1 percent), Texas (13.0 percent), Oregon (12.6 percent), Connecticut (12.4 percent), Maryland (12.0 percent), and Massachusetts (12.0 percent). In contrast, less than 6 percent of the students served in the following four States were reported under the category of autism: Puerto Rico (5.5 percent), Montana (5.1 percent), Bureau of Indian Education schools (4.4 percent), and Iowa (1.1 percent). (p. 139)