Our society has great issues with kids who deal with learning disabilities, there are over 20 million kids that can’t read on the grade level and half of those kids have a type of learning disability. When kids enter the teen years the level of the disability increases and becomes harder to deal with, if the issue is not addressed in time, and solved, it can lead to serious consequences like eventual dropping out of school.
As such and in that a great number it is quite obvious the level of effect that has on our society. Dropping out of schools and inability to find a proper job in many cases leads to substance abuse, welfare and criminal activities. Teens with learning disabilities end up costing our society over $7 billion each single year, which is one of the reasons why we need to help kids with learning disabilities and make it a priority.
Here are some facts about teen learning disability:
- Around 80% of teen learning disabilities revolve around reading
- 35% of teens with a form of learning disability fail to finish high school
- Special education for teens with learning disability costs roughly around $10,000 a year
- Over 60% of teens with a learning disability are unable to find a job even a year after they finish high school
- One quarter of young adult population, 25%, doesn’t have the reading skills needed for the most typical jobs
- Two top reasons why adults cannot get from welfare and find a regular job are substance abuse and learning disabilities
In most cases teen learning disabilities can lead to criminal behavior due to frustration and inability to find regular employment. So by solving the teen learning disability issue and helping those kids get a proper education we will actually be lowering crime rates at the same time and helping our economy.
- More than half of teens that have been treated for substance abuse have a form of learning disability, the same number of teens that was labeled as juvenile delinquents also has a form of learning disability
- Over 50% of criminal offenders have a type of learning disability
- One third of teens with learning disabilities gets arrested in the three years after getting out of high school
- On average it costs over $30,000 a year to take care of one criminal offender.
We have the obligation to help those teens, not only to them but to ourselves. From these statistics you can see that it costs three times more to facilitate a criminal than it costs to provide special education for teens with learning disabilities. By providing that special education we will be helping our society in various different ways, we will be helping those teens feel better and get a good job, which will lead to less crime rates and better economy. By providing that special education we will be doing everyone a favor.