Number of county students with special needs on rise

More students attending Johnson County schools receive assistance in and outside class for conditions ranging from speech delays to autism.

In 2012, 3,778 local students received help such as speech, physical, behavioral and other therapies in and outside school that is more than double the 1,568 students who got services from local programs in 1983, according to Pam Wright, executive director of Special Services Johnson County.

The numbers are climbing for multiple reasons, local officials said.

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