Orthopedic Impairment

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OVERVIEW

A severe orthopedic impairment that adversely affects a child’s educational performance.  The term includes impairments caused by a congenital anomaly, impairments caused by disease (e.g., poliomyelitis, bone tuberculosis), and impairments from other causes (e.g. cerebral palsy, amputations, and fractures or burns that cause contractures).

Concomitant impairments (such as mental retardation-blindness, mental retardation-orthopedic impairment, etc.), the combination of which causes such severe educational needs that they cannot be accommodated in a special education program solely for one of the impairments.  The term does not include deaf-blindness.

Significantly sub average general intellectual functioning, existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior and manifested during the developmental period that adversely affects a child’s educational performance.

READINGS AND RESOURCES

BRIEF FACT SHEETS: A legacy resource from NICHCY: ORTHOPEDIC DISABILITIES

Cerebral Palsy Fact Sheet

Spina Bifida Fact Sheet

Physical Disabilty Fact Sheet

 

VIDEO DISCUSSIONS

 

Muscular Dystrophy is Just Part of Their Lives - The Markell Family - Our Special Life (6 min)

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