Lack of Schools for Children with Autism in Pr

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Kimberly Collazo
Amy Beaudry
LIB 101, 01
13 March, 2013
Lack of schools for children with autism in Puerto Rico
A lot of parents with children diagnosed with autism are desperate looking for options of how to educate their children because of the lack of schools for children diagnosed with this disorder in Puerto Rico. As you know autism is “A developmental brain disorder that is accompanied by a variety of symptoms including problems with communication and social interactions, as well as repetitive behavior.” (Autism, Science Online) it’s no secret that this population is growing. Puerto Rico is one of the places that they don’t have a lot of resources for kid’s like this with special needs. In 2000, 620 or 0.95% of children ages 3-21 who received special education services in Puerto Rico have autism. In 2010-2011, 2,317 or 1.83% of children with disabilities ages 3-21 who received special education services have autism. Table 1-1: IDEA Part B - Children with Autism in Puerto Rico for 1999-2000 and 2010-2011 (Child Count by Age Group)

 | Child Count in 1999-2000| Child Count in 2010-2011|
Age 3-5| 147 | 341|
Age 6-11| 264 | 1,247|
Age 12-17|  162| 618|
Age 18-21|  47| 111|
Age 6-21|  473| 1,976|
Age 3-21| 620 | 2,317|
Source: Reported by Puerto Rico in accordance with Section 618 of IDEA to U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Programs Table 1-2: IDEA Part B - Children with Disabilities in Puerto Rico for 1999-2000 and 2010-2011 (Child Count by Age Group)

 | Child Count in 1999-2000| Child Count in 2010-2011|
Age 3-5| 7,746 | 13,952|
Age 6-11|  29,460| 51,017|
Age 12-17|  25,093| 52,853|
Age 18-21|  3,205| 8,738|
Age 6-21|  57,758| 112,608|
Age 3-21|  65,504| 126,560|

Source: Reported by Puerto Rico in accordance with Section 618 of IDEA to U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Programs.
One of the biggest problems from some parents in the island is that the...
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