Areas of Exceptionality

  • To be determined eligible in the disability category of Autism, a child must demonstrate at least three of the following four characteristics: impairment in communication; impairment in social interaction; unusual response to sensory experiences; restricted, repetitive, or stereotypic patterns of behavior, interest, and/or activities.

    To be determined eligible in the disability category of Deaf-Blindness, a child must demonstrate a visual impairment, in combination with a hearing impairment, resulting in severe communication, developmental, and educational needs, and that cannot be accommodated in a program for a child with solely a visual impairment or hearing impairment.

    To be determined eligible in the disability category of Deafness, a child must have a deficiency in hearing as demonstrated by the elevated threshold of auditory sensitivity to pure tones or speech.

    To be determined eligible in the disability category of Developmental Delay, a child must be between the ages of three through seven, whose development and/or behavior is so significantly delayed or atypical that special education and related services are required.

    To be determined eligible in the disability category of Serious Emotional Disability, one of the following characteristics must be exhibited: an inability to make educational progress that cannot be explained  by intellectual, sensory, or health factors; an inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers; inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances; a general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression; or a tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems.  Additionally, the condition must be exhibited over a long period of time and to a marked degree.

    To be determined eligible in the disability category of Hearing Impairment, a child must have a documented hearing loss of a type and extent to have an adverse effect on educational performance, and require specially designed instruction.

    To be determined eligible in the disability category of Intellectual Disability, a child must demonstrate both intellectual functioning well below the mean on an individually administered standardized intelligence test, and the standard error of measurement of that test shall be taken into account in the interpretation of the results (Measures below the mean are as follows: Mild: two standard deviations below the mean plus or minus one standard error of measure; Moderate: three standard deviations below the mean plus or minus one standard error of measure; Severe: four of more standard deviations below the mean plus or minus one standard error of measure) and adaptive behavior deficits reported by the same source at or below two standard deviations below the mean in one domain, or one and one-half standard deviations below the mean in two or more domains.

    To be determined eligible in the disability category of Multiple Disabilities, a child must demonstrate: two or more disabilities occurring together, the combination of which is so severe, complex, and interwoven that identification in a single category of disability cannot be determined. 

    To be determined eligible in the disability category of Orthopedic Impairment, a child must demonstrate a severe physical impairment caused by congenital abnormalities, disease, or other causes. 

    To be determined eligible in the disability category of Other Health Impairment, a child must have a chronic or acute health problem resulting in one or more of the following: limited strength; limited vitality; limited alertness, including heightened alertness to environmental stimuli that results in limited alertness with respect to educational environment. 

    In order to be eligible in the disability category of Specific Learning Disability, the criteria in subsections (A), (B), (C) and (D) must be met: (A) The child does not achieve adequately for the child’s age, intellectual development or to meet State-approved grade-level standards in one or more of the following areas when provided with learning experiences and instruction appropriate for the child’s age or State-approved grade-level standards: Listening comprehension, Oral expression, Written expression, Basic reading skills, Reading fluency skills, Reading comprehension, Mathematics calculation, Mathematics problem solving; (B) The child does not make sufficient progress to meet age or State-approved grade-level standards in one or more of the areas identified above or the child exhibits a pattern of strengths and weaknesses in performance, achievement, or both, relative to age; (C) The disability must not be the result of sensory deficits, motor deficits, intellectual disability, serious emotional disability, environmental influences, cultural factors, economic influences, lack of appropriate instruction in reading or math; and /or limited English proficiency; (D) The disability must have an adverse effect on educational performance, and require specially designed instruction.

    To be determined eligible for services in the disability category of Speech or Language Impairment, a child must meet the criteria listed in one or more of the following areas: Articulation, Fluency, Language and Voice.

    To be determined eligible for services in the disability category of Traumatic Brain Injury, a written verification by a licensed physician or a licensed psychologist, appropriately practicing in the specialty of neuropsychology, which the child has sustained an injury from which brain injury can be inferred must be obtained. 

    To be determined eligible for services in the disability category of Visual Impairment, including blindness, a child must have a visual acuity between 20/70 and 20/200 in the better eye after correction to be considered visually impaired; a visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye after correction or a peripheral field so contracted that the widest diameter subtends an arc no greater than 20 degrees to be considered legally blind.

    Services

    • Audiology
    • Comprehensive screening and evaluations
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Speech-Language Therapy
    • Transportation
    • Assistive Technology