Disability rate among kids up

The disability rate among children has increased in the past decade, increasing 16 percent, according to a study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies.

The information is based on analysis from the National Health Interview Survey between 2001-02 and 2009-10. More than 100,000 parents were asked about their children’s health and wellness. While disabilities related to neurodevelopment and mental health increased during that time, disabilities related to physical conditions went down.

The reported rate of neurodevelopmental disabilities among children younger than 6 nearly doubled, from 19 cases to 36 cases per 1,000 children.

— Alandra Johnson, The Bulletin