Of all students receiving special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 33 percent have a specific learning disability, defined as an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write or spell. Another 19 percent have a speech or language impairment.

Source: “Students with Disabilities,” National Center for Education Statistics, last updated May 2021, https://tinyurl.com/3rhuph72

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Learning Disability Percentage
Specific learning disability 33%
Speech or language impairment 19%
Other health impairment 15%
Autism 11%
Developmental delay 7%
Intellectual disability 6%
Emotional disturbance 5%
Multiple disabilities 2%
Hearing impairment 1%
Orthopedic impairment 1%

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