Parent-reported cases of disability in children rise

USA Today | August 18, 2014

By Michelle Healy

Children living in the highest-income households (incomes greater than 400% above the federal poverty level) experienced the largest increase (28%)

More parents — especially upper-income ones — are reporting that their children have a physical, developmental or mental health disability, a study finds.

The number of non-institutionalized children age 17 and younger with disabilities rose 16% between 2001 and 2011, with nearly 6 million children (8% of the population) reported as having a disability, according to the analysis, published online today in Pediatrics.

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