The Inclusive Church

Just the Facts! Special Needs Statistics

Some of the statistics below are outdated as this post originated in 2010.  For current statistics and a PDF of the infographic above, see the June 2013 post: Statistics for Children with Special Needs (Updated for 2013)

In preparation for a talk I did in 2010, I collected statistics related to the prevalence of children with special needs.  Obviously I did not include many relevant diagnoses.  But I do think these statistics do a good job expanding our idea of children who have special needs.  These numbers speak to the broader impact children’s ministries can have on children (even those we consider “typical”) by enhancing the lesson plan to appeal to all learning styles and providing effective behavior management training for all kidmin volunteers. (Some stats have been updated as of 2012.)

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(1)    www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_234.pdf (page 5)

(2)    www.nmha.org/go/information/get-info/children-s-mental-health/children-s-mental-health-statistics

(3)    www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html

(4)    archpedi.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/163/1/19

(5)    www.nidcd.nih.gov/StaticResources/about/plans/strategic/FY2009-2011NIDCDStrategicPlan.pdf

(6)    http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr065.pdf   updated March 2013

(7)    www.theautismnews.com/2009/08/11/autism-rate-now-at-one-percent-of-all-us-children/

(8)    www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/income_wealth/cb08-185.html

Amy Fenton Lee