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Special Needs Statistical Reports

Since the 1989-90 Academic Year, CCDI has prepared annual Statistical Reports. The intent of the reports is to summarize various combinations of data as collected by Special Needs Offices.

The yearly statistical profiles furnish quantitative measures of the activity only, and do not attempt to identify all activities and functions. The more qualitative aspects of special needs activities such as; the nature and extent of client consultations, the extensiveness of interventions, and complexities of the accommodations delivered are not measured in this report.

The Special Needs Definition for Data Collection has remained unchanged since approved in 1989, as have the definitions for accommodations. Few changes have been made to the statistical tracking. In 1993, one new classification of special needs was added. The medical classification identifies all individuals with disabling organic conditions and agility impairments. This addition helps to clarify the often utilized "other" classification and has captured disabilities not previously identified.

In 1992, a Special Needs Statistical Trend Analysis was produced, reflecting various patterns that were evident between April 1, 1989 and March 31, 1992. This three-year perspective highlighted some interesting information;

• Client consultations increased over the three-year period.
• Support consultations remained steady.
• An average of 2.5 accommodations per student was evident.
• Multiple Impaired individuals involved the greatest number of consultations, followed by Visually Impaired, Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled Confirmed, Mobility Impaired, Other and finally, the Learning Disabled Not Confirmed student.
• Overall, the activities were directed more for clients than for support.
• Counselling was the most used accommodation, followed by supplementary tutoring and instructional accommodations (CCSN, 1992, pp.7-13.)

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