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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 (see data table for text-only version)

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

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