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National Center for Special Education Research


Perceptions and Expectations of Youth With Disabilities  (NLTS2)
NCSER 2007-3006
September 2007

Table B-1.  Primary disability category of youth respondents and those for whom parents responded

Primary disability category Parent respondents Youth respondents
Percent / standard error
Learning disability 53.8 62.7
(2.64) (2.73)
Speech/language impairment 4.0 4.0
(1.01) (1.10)
Mental retardation 17.1 11.6
(1.99) (1.81)
Emotional disturbance 12.5 11.5
(1.75) (1.80)
Hearing impairment 2.1 1.2
(0.75) (0.62)
Visual impairment 0.4 0.5
(0.33) (0.38)
Orthopedic impairment 1.3 1.1
(0.59) (0.59)
Other health impairment 4.0 4.6
(0.59) (1.18)
Autism 1.2 0.7
(0.57) (0.45)
Traumatic brain injury 0.3 0.3
(0.30) (0.30)
Multiple disabilities 3.1 1.7
(0.92) (0.74)
Deaf-blindness 0.3 0.1
(0.26) (0.21)
SOURCES: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Special Education Research, National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2), Wave 1 parent interviews, 2001, Wave 2 parent and youth telephone interview/mail survey, 2003.