Family Perspectives on Access to Arts Education for Students with Disabilities

Authored by: Ryan M. Hourigan , Alice M. Hammel

Handbook of Arts Education and Special Education

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138669598
eBook ISBN: 9781315618135
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Nearly 57 million people in the United States (approximately 20 percent of the population) have a disability. This represents an increase of 2.2 million since 2005, according to 2010 data from the US Census Bureau (Brault, 2012). Data from an earlier study, conducted by the US Census Bureau in 2000, revealed that nearly 20.9 million American families had at least one member with a disability (Brault, 2012). Most of these families lived in southern states and rural areas, and one in three families were single-parent households (US Census Bureau, 2005). About 5.2 million children (roughly 8.4 percent of the nation’s child population) have a disability, and many of these children have limited access to the arts.

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