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Disability Questions


Learning Impairment


Does the student have a learning impairment or delay in learning of sufficient magnitude to cause performance to fall at or below Ė1.5 standard deviations from the means of a test of intellectual ability and show concurrent deficits in adaptive behavior?


Specific Learning Disability


Does the student have a specific learning disability as a result of a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, which may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, or do mathematical calculations demonstrated by a 1.5 standard deviation discrepancy between ability and expected levels of performance?

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Does the student have a specific learning disability which manifests as an imperfect ability to read fluently (for example), demonstrated by a lack of response to increasing levels of intervention using scientific research-based instruction?


Is the disability primarily the result of a visual, hearing, or motor handicap; learning impairment; emotional disturbance; or environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage or limited English proficiency?


Visual Impairment


Does the student have a visual impairment, as evaluated by an optometrist or ophthalmologist demonstrated by central visual acuity that is 20/70 or worse in the better eye with correction, or a peripheral field that subtends an angle not greater than 20 degrees at its widest diameter?


Deaf/Hard of Hearing


Is the student diagnosed as having deafness or being hard of hearing, as determined by an audiologist, otologist, or otolaryngologist, demonstrated by a 25 decibel HL threshold (ANSI, 69) or worse for one or more of the frequencies 250-8000HZ, in one or both ears?


Speech or Language Impairment


Does the student have a speech or language impairment diagnosed by a licensed speech-language pathologist demonstrated by a significant deficit in listening comprehension that is at least 2.0 standard deviations from the test means on one or more measures of auditory processing or comprehension of connected speech; or in oral expression?


Has an otolaryngologist identified that treatment is indicated for a vocal pathology or speech related medical condition, and abnormal vocal characteristics in pitch, quality, nasality, volume or breath support, which persists for at least one month?


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Orthopedic Impairment


Does the student have an orthopedic impairment, a result of congenital anomaly, disease, or other condition identified by a licensed physician as to the existence of the orthopedic impairment and its effect on the studentís ability to function?


Other Health Impairment


Does the student have a chronic or acute health impairment demonstrating limited strength, vitality or alertness, including a heightened alertness to environmental stimuli, that results in limited alertness with respect to the educational environment, diagnosed by a professional whose licensure authorizes him or her to offer an opinion on the existence of the specific condition suspectedand who has specific training and experience in diagnosing and recommending treatment for the condition to be an other health impairment and its effect on the studentís ability to function?


Emotional Disturbance

Does the student have an emotional disturbance exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree as identified by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist?

(i)                            An inability to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory or health factors.

(ii)                         An inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers.

(iii)                       Inappropriate types of behaviors or feelings under normal circumstances.

(iv)                        A general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression.

(v)                          A tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems.


Autism spectrum disorder

††††††††† Does the student have an autism spectrum disorder, significantly affecting verbal and non-verbal communication and social interaction, (generally evident before age three), as diagnosed by a licensed psychologist and/or medical physician who has training and experience in understanding autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders?


Traumatic Brain Injury

Does the student have a traumatic brain injury caused by an external physical force, or by an internal occurrence such as a stroke or aneurysm, resulting in total or partial functional disability or psychosocial impairment, or both, identified by a licensed physician, as to its effect on the studentís ability to function?



Does the student have deaf-blindness, concomitant hearing and visual impairments, which causes severe communication and other developmental and educational needs that cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for children with deafness or children with blindness?



Does the student have multiple-disabilities, concomitant impairments, resulting in severe educational needs that cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for one of the impairments?