Improving Programs and Services for Children with Disabilities – New Report May 11

A substantial and growing number of children are diagnosed with at least one chronic health condition, many of which interfere with developmental processes and affect children’s social and emotional well-being, quality of life, and anticipated adult outcomes, such as employment or independent living. 

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reviews and assesses federal, state, and local programs and services that exist to support children with disabilities and their families in a range of areas, such as health care, school-based special education, transition to adulthood, vocational rehabilitation, and community living.  It describes characteristics that contribute to the effectiveness of these programs, identifies gaps and limitations, and provides conclusions that can inform future policy, practice, and research to improve the health outcomes for children with disabilities, including those who receive Social Security Income benefits.

Advance copies of Opportunities for Improving Programs and Services for Children with Disabilities will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT on Thursday, May 10. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT on Friday, May 11. To obtain a copy, reporters should contact the Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or email