Section 3: Children and mental health disabilities
3.2. How many children in special education have emotional disturbance?
Emotional disturbance was the disability category for over 8% of children and youth with disabilities ages 6-21 who received special education services under IDEA in the 2000-2001 school year (472,932 of 5,762,935 students with disabilities).*
About 1 in 12 students served under IDEA has emotional disturbance.
Figure 16: Number and percentage of students age 6-21 with emotional disturbance served under IDEA for school year 2000-2001
Source: U.S. Department of Education, OSERS (2002)
Surveys: U.S. Department of Education, OSEP, Data Analysis System