Q & A Corner - Issue #31

NASET Q & A Corner

Questions and Answers on Categories of Disabilities

Introduction

There are 14 specific primary terms included in IDEA under the lead definition of "child with a disability." These federal terms and definitions guide how States define disability and who is eligible for a free appropriate public education under special education law.  The definitions of these specific terms from the IDEA regulations are shown beneath each term listed below. Note, in order to fully meet the definition (and eligibility for special education and related services) as a "child with a disability," a child's educational performance must be adversely affected due to the disability.  The focus of this issue of the NASET Q & A Corner is to review the 14 categories of disability under the federal law.

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