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Special Education: Statistics

Links to Statistical Sources Related to Disabilities

Annual Disability Statistics Compendium
Includes research drawn from major national survey data (such as the ACS, CPS, NHIS, and SIPP) and the administrative records of government programs (such as SSDI, SSI, federal/state VR programs).  Available in html and PDF formats.

Disability Statistics Center
The purpose of the Disability Statistics Center is to produce and disseminate statistical information on disability and the status of people with disabilities in American Society and to establish and monitor indicators of how conditions are changing over time to meet their health, housing, economic and social needs.

Disability Statistics: Online Resource for U.S. Disability Statistics
Researchers at Cornell University designed this searchable site in order to make disability statistics and related demographic information available and accessible to a broad audience via the Internet. 

National Center on Educational Outcomes

The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) was established in 1990 to provide national leadership in designing and building educational assessments and accountability systems that appropriately monitor educational results for all students, including students with disabilities.

U.S. Census Bureau: Disabilities
The United States Bureau of the Census provides data on disability based on three primary sources: the Survey of Income and Program Participation(SIPP), the decennial census of population, and the Current Population Survey(CPS). Includes data on the number of persons affected by disabilities, and employment and earnings information.  Education Census The Census Bureau has education data related to Educational Attainment, Field of Training, School Costs, School Enrollment, and other characteristics crossed by education.

also from the U.S. Census Bureau: Disability Characteristics of School Age Children (issued November 2011)
Based on the 2010 American Community Survey, this brief estimates disability type, school enrollment and geographic distribution for school-age children in the United States.  Compares disability rates of children among states and metropolitan vs. nonmetropolitan areas.

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