Number of Students Identified as Special-Needs Children Enrolled in Franklin County Schools: 1985-1998

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During the 1997-98 school year, Franklin County public schools had 18,601 pupils who were classified as "special-needs" children by the Ohio Department of Education. This represents 11.2% of the total primary and secondary enrollment of 166,595 in Franklin County school districts for that school year. The largest number of children identified as having special needs were those who were specific-learning disabled (7,560 in 1997-98). A specific-learning disabled child is defined as one who has significant learning problems in one or more subject areas.

Special-needs children include the deaf, blind, multiple-handicapped, hearing impaired, visually handicapped, orthopedically handicapped, severe behaviorally handicapped, developmentally handicapped, specific-learning disabled, speech handicapped, traumatic brain injuries and autism.


Number of Students Identified as Special-Needs Children Enrolled in Franklin County Schools: 1985-1991

                           As of December 1st of Each School Year
    
Classification        84/85  85/86  86/87  87/88  88/89  89/90  90/91 

Deaf-Blind                0      0      0      0      0      0      0
Multi-Handicap          152    137    158    183    256    297    360
Hearing Impaired        243    241    247    243    250    260    225
Visual. Handicap         98     94     96     90    102    100     95
Orthopedically Handicap   *      *      *      *      *      *    226
Other Handicaps         422    431    423    412    404    454    214
Severe Behavior
  Handicapped           851    927    918    840    863  1,119  1,159
Developmentally
  Handicapped         2,805  2,779  2,705  2,752  2,844  2,882  2,897
Specific Learning 
  Disabled            6,482  6,595  6,584  6,864  7,066  7,237  7,421
Speech Handicap       2,675  2,731  2,623  3,080  3,061  3,346  3,032
 Age 3-5 Non-
  Categorical           N/A    N/A    N/A    N/A    N/A    N/A    449

Totals               13,728 13,935 13,754 14,464 14,846 15,695 16,078



Number of Students Identified as Special-Needs Children Enrolled in Franklin County Schools: 1982-1998

                 As of December 1st of Each School Year
    
Classification        91/92  92/93  93/94  94/95  95/96  96/97  97/98


Deaf-Blind                0      1      0      1      1      1      0
Multi-Handicap          341    371    408    432    444    511    546
Hearing Impaired        215    225    251    245    251    250    250
Visual. Handicap         82     87     93     95     95     99     99
Orthopedically Handicap 213    200    212    208    209    207    203
Other Handicaps         291    267    298    350    356    457    501
Severe Behavior
  Handicapped         1,141  1,284  1,301  1,317  1,326  1,393  1,490
Developmentally
  Handicapped         2,772  3,198  3,388  3,396  3,416  3,543  3,637
Specific Learning 
  Disabled            6,757  7,619  7,602  7,528  7,574  7,609  7,560
Speech Handicap       2,752  3,279  3,389  3,093  3,127  3,106  3,165
Age 3-5 Non-
  Categorical           254    402    499    492    876    913  1,029
Traumatic Brain
  Injury                  5     23     22     20     20     25     35
Autism                  N/A    N/A    N/A     75     75     75     86

Totals               14,823 16,994 17,543 17,252 17,770 18,189 18,601


Note: * Denotes that Orthopedically and Other Health Impaired were combined in the Other Handicapped category prior to 1991.

Note: The above numbers do not include children enrolled in the Ohio State School for the Blind, the Ohio School for the Deaf or the Franklin County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. The Traumatic Brain Injury and Autism Categories were not used prior to 1992.

Source: Ohio Department of Education, Division of Special Education

Filename: SD-045

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