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Common disabilities in children

More and more American children are reportedly suffering from disabilities. Back in 2000, just 7 percent of all children were reported to have some type of disability, but that had jumped to 8 percent by 2012. While that may not seem like a huge rise, one also has to consider that the population has also increased over that time period, and that the change came in just a dozen years. Below are some of the most common disabilities that were noted:

-- Autism. Reports show that one out of every 68 children in the U.S. suffers from autism.

-- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Studies have found that a full 9 percent of children in America have this disorder. These studies looked at children who were between 13 years old and 18 years old. Additionally, 4.1 percent of American adults also have this issue.

-- Epilepsy. Worldwide, there are about 65 million people who have epilepsy. Roughly two million of them live in the United States.

-- Down syndrome. There are about 400,000 people in the U.S. with this disability. According to the National Down Syndrome Society, roughly one out of each 691 children are diagnosed with the disorder annually, which means there are about 6,000 new cases each year.

-- Dyscalculia. This disorder, which many people have never heard of, is very similar to dyslexia. However, while dyslexia is typically connected to written text, dyscalculia has to do with reading math problems. It's been said that 6 percent of Americans have it.

Those with disabilities need to know what steps to take when seeking assistance, as the legal process can be complex in Minnesota.

Source: deseretnews, "10 common disabilities American children have," Herb Scribner, accessed April 15, 2016

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