Orthopedic Impairment

An orthopedic impairment is defined as a severe physically disabling condition that adversely affects educational performance.  The term may include impairments caused by:

  • Congenital anomaly;
  • Disease, such as poliomyelitis or bone tuberculosis; or
  • Other causes, such as cerebral palsy, amputations, or fractures or burns that cause contractures.

Identification and eligibility for special education is determined by the case conference committee using the required assessment .  See “Required Assessment Components for Eligibility Areas.

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