4429.0 - Profiles of Disability, Australia, 2009
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Most school children with a disability attend regular classes
Most children with a disability attended regular classes in mainstream schools (65.9%), rather than special classes within mainstream schools (24.3%) or special schools (9.9%), according to new profiles released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Sue Phillips, Director of Disability and Mental Health Statistics, said "In 2009, there were 292,600 children with a disability attending school in Australia, which represents one in twelve children attending school".
"Of those 192,800 children with a disability attending regular classes in mainstream schools, nearly 40 per cent had a profound or severe limitation which meant they always or sometimes needed help with core activities such as self-care, mobility or communication."
"Seventy percent of children at school with physical disabilities attended regular classes in mainstream schools. More than half of children at school with psychological, intellectual or sensory and speech disabilities also attended regular classes."
"Around half of all children with a disability attending regular classes in mainstream schools reported experiencing difficulties at school. However children with a disability attending special classes within mainstream schools, or special schools, were more likely to report experiencing difficulties. The most commonly reported problems were learning, communicating and fitting in socially", Ms Phillips said.
Other key findings:
Further information is available in Profiles of Disability, 2012 (cat.no. 4429.0), together with Disability, Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 4446.0) and Disability, Ageing and Carers: Summary of Findings, Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 4430.0) which are available for free download from www.abs.gov.au.
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