Federal and State Expenditures for Children with Disabilities in Fiscal Year 2014

Research Brief
Publisher: Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research
Feb 28, 2019
Marisa Shenk and Gina Livermore
This brief documents federal and selected state program expenditures made for children with disabilities in fiscal year 2014. Our estimates indicate that the federal government spent $58 billion on this population in 2014, or about $4,600 per capita. Including federal tax credit outlays increases total and per capita expenditures to $71 billion and $5,600, respectively. Programs for education, training, and employment services represented the largest expenditure category (31 percent), followed by income support programs (28 percent). State and local governments contribute significant additional funding, particularly for education and health care. The findings highlight the diversity of supports available to children with disabilities and provide a context for comparing investments in efforts intended to help this population.

Disability Statistics and Measurement Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (StatsRRTC)


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research

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Gina Livermore
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