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The area of special education has broadened widely. With advanced medical technology, children who once had lethal illnesses are living longer and attending school all the way through high school. Special education training has evolved with this, training teachers and administrators to better educate students who would have been cast aside and placed in mental institutions 50 years ago.
The Bureau of Labor statistics reports that a child qualifies for special education programs if they have specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairments, mental retardation, emotional disturbance, multiple disabilities, hearing impairments, orthopedic impairments, visual impairments, autism, combined deafness and blindness, traumatic brain injury, and other health impairments."