Special Education Eligibility Classifications by State

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Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas

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ALABAMA

Chapter 290-8-9 of the Rules of the Alabama State Board of Education, State Department of Education specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-9)
  • Emotional Disability
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment

ALASKA

4 AAC 52.130 of the Alaska Administrative Code specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Learning Disability
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Deaf
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Deaf and Blind
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Visual Impairment
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Other Health Impairments
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Early Childhood Developmental Delay (ages 3-8)
  • Autism
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

ARIZONA

Title 15, Chapter 7, Article 4 of the Arizona Revised Statutes specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-10)
  • Emotional Disability
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Other Health Impairments
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Mild, Moderate or Severe Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Multiple Disabilities With Severe Sensory Impairment
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Preschool Severe Delay
  • Speech/Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment

ARKANSAS

The Special Education Eligibility Criteria and Program Guidelines for Children with Disabilities from the Arkansas Department of Education specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Hearing Impairment (Including Deafness)
  • Emotional Disturbance (ages 5-21 only)
  • Mental Retardation (ages 5-21 only)
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability (ages 5-21 only)
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment (Including Blindness)
  • Noncategorical (ages 3-5 only)

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California | Colorado | Connecticut

CALIFORNIA

Cal-Ed Facts from the California Department of Education specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Visual Impairment
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Deafness
  • Hard of Hearing
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Autism
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

COLORADO

The Rules for the Administration of Exceptional Children's Education Act, 1 CCR 301-8, specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Physical Disability
  • Vision Disability
  • Hearing Disability
  • Significant Limited Intellectual Capacity
  • Significant Identifiable Emotional Disability
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Multiple Disabilities

CONNECTICUT

The IEP Manual and Forms booklet from the Connecticut State Department of Education specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Intellectual Disability
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Visual Impairment`
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment (including ADD/ADHD)
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Autism
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-5)

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Delaware | District of Columbia

DELAWARE

The Special Education Regulations of Delaware's Administrative Code specify the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment Including Blindness
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-9)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

The district's Special Education Policy, 3001.1, specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-7)
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Visual Impairment, Including Blindness
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment.

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Florida | Georgia | Hawaii

FLORIDA

The Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services of the Florida Department of Education specifies the following as making a child eligible for "exceptional student education" (ESE):

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing
  • Developmentally Delayed (ages 3-5)
  • Dual-Sensory Impairment: Deaf-Blind
  • Emotional/Behavioral Disability
  • Gifted
  • Homebound or Hospitalized
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Language Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment: Blind and Partially Sighted

GEORGIA

According to the Special Education Services and Supports page on the site of the Georgia Department of Education, the following disabilities make a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Deaf/Blind
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Emotional and Behavioral Disorder
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Significant Developmental Delay (ages 3-9)
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech-Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment and Blindness

HAWAII

Title 8, Subtitle 2, Chapter 60 of the Hawaii Administrative Rules specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Deaf
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-8)
  • Emotional Disability
  • Hard of Hearing
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Disability
  • Other Health Disability
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Disability
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Disability Including Blindness

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Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa

IDAHO

Chapter 4 of the Idaho State Board of Education Special Education Manual specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-9)
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Health Impairment
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Learning Disability (Including Specific Learning Disability)
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Speech or Language Impairment: Language
  • Speech or Language Impairment: Speech (Including Articulation/Phonology Disorder, Fluency Disorder and Voice Disorder)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment, Including Blindness

ILLINOIS

Title 23, Subtitle A, Chapter I, Subchapter f, Part 226, Subpart A, Section 226.75 of the Illinois Administrative Code specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism (including, "but not be limited to, any autism spectrum disorder that adversely affects a child's educational performance")
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Emotional Disability
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Cognitive Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-9)

INDIANA

Title 511, Article 7, Rule 41 of the Indiana State Board of Education Special Education Rules specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Blind or Low Vision
  • Cognitive Disability
  • Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Deaf-Blind
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-5)
  • Emotional Disability
  • Language or Speech Impairment
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

IOWA

The Iowa Administrative Rules of Special Education specify the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Behavior Disorder
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment

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Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana

KANSAS

Section 91-40-1 of the Special Education Regulations from the Kansas State Department of Education specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Mental Retardation
  • Hearing Impairment (Including Deafness)
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Visual Impairment (Including Blindness)
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Autism
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Developmental Delays (ages 3-9)

KENTUCKY

707 KAR 1:002 of the Kentucky Administrative Regulations specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-8)
  • Emotional-Behavior Disability
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Mental Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment

LOUISIANA

Title 28: XLIII, Education: Bulletin 1706: Regulations for Implementation of the Children with Exceptionalities Act of the Louisiana Administrative Code, §905, specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Mental Disability
  • Hearing Impairment (Including Deafness)
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Visual Impairment (Including Blindness)
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Autism
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Developmental Delays (ages 3-8)

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Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan

MAINE

05-071, Chapter 101, Maine Unified Special Education Regulation, section VII, specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-5)
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment (Including Blindness)

MARYLAND

13A.05.01.03 of Title 13A, State Board of Education, specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Emotional Disability
  • Hearing Impairment (Including Deafness)
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disability
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment (Including Blindness)
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-7)

MASSACHUSETTS

603 CMR 28.00 of the Massachusetts Education Laws and Regulations specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-9)
  • Intellectual Impairment
  • Sensory Impairment (Including Hearing Impairment or Deaf, Vision Impairment or Blind, and Deaf-Blind)
  • Neurological Impairment
  • Emotional Impairment
  • Communication Impairment
  • Physical Impairment
  • Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability

MICHIGAN

R 340.1705-1717 of the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education from the Arkansas Department of Education specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Emotional Impairment
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Visual Impairment
  • Physical Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Speech and Language Impairment
  • Early Childhood Developmental Delay (ages 3-7)
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Severe Multiple Impairment
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Deaf-Blindness

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Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana

MINNESOTA

3525.1325-1348 of the Minnesota Administrative Rules specify the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Deaf-Blind
  • Emotional or Behavioral Disorders
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Developmental Cognitive Disability
  • Other Health Disabilities
  • Physically Impaired
  • Severely Multiply Impaired
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairments
  • Visually Impaired
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-6)

MISSISSIPPI

Subpart A, 300.8 of the State Policies Regarding Children With Disabilities Under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 2004, State Board Policy 7219 specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Emotional Disability
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment

MISSOURI

Regulation III of the Missouri State Plan for Special Education specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Deaf/Blindness
  • EmotionalDisturbance
  • Hearing Impairment and Deafness
  • Mental Retardation/Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • VisualImpairment/Blindness
  • Young Child with a Developmental Delay (ages 3-5)

MONTANA

Subchapter 10.16.30 of the Administrative Rules of the State of Montana specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-5)
  • Autism
  • Cognitive Delay
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech-Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment

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Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey

NEBRASKA

Title 92, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 51, Section 006.04 specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Behavioral Disorder
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-9)
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Mental Handicap
  • Multiple Impairments
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech-Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment Including Blindness

NEVADA

388.387-345 of the Nevada Administrative Code specifies the following categories as making a child eligible for "special services and programs of instruction:"

  • Autism
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Visual Impairment
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Health Impairment Other Than Orthopedic Impairment
  • Speech and Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Mental Retardation
  • Serious Emotional Disturbance
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Multiple Impairments
  • Developmental Delays (ages 3-6)
  • Gifted and Talented

NEW HAMPSHIRE

New Hampshire Rules for the Education of Children with Disabilities, Part Ed 1102, specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment
  • Developmentally Delayed (ages 3-9)

NEW JERSEY

The New Jersey Administrative Code Title 6A, Chapter 14, specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Auditorily Impaired (Including Deafness and Hearing Impairment)
  • Autistic
  • Cognitively Impaired (Including Mild, Moderate, and Severe Cognitive Impairment)
  • Communication Impaired
  • Emotionally Disturbed
  • Multiply Disabled
  • Deaf/Blindness
  • Orthopedically Impaired
  • Other Health Impaired
  • Preschool Child With a Disability (ages 3-5)
  • Social Maladjustment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visually Impaired

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New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota

NEW MEXICO

6.31.2.7 of the State Special Education Rule specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Intellectual Disability
  • Hearing Impairment (Including Deafness)
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Visual Impairment (Including Blindness)
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Autism
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Developmentally Delayed (ages 3-9)

NEW YORK

Part 200 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Deafness
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Learning Disability
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health-Impairment
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment (Including Blindness)

NORTH CAROLINA

Policies Covering Children With Disabilities, NC 1500-2, specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-7)
  • Serious Emotional Disability
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment Including Blindness

NORTH DAKOTA

Article 67-23, 01-12, of the Administrative Rules of the North Dakota Office of Public Instruction specify the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Mental Retardation
  • Hearing Impairment Including Deafness
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Visual Impairment Including Blindness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Autism
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Multiple Disabilities

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Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon

OHIO

3301-51-01 of the Ohio Administrative Code specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Cognitive Disability (Mental Retardation)
  • Hearing Impairment (Including Deafness)
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Visual Impairment (Including Blindness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Autism
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Developmental Delays (ages 3-5)

OKLAHOMA

The state's Special Education Handbook, pages 67-83, specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness-Hearing Impairment
  • Developmental Delays
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment Including Blindness

OREGON

581-015-2000 of the Oregon Administrative Rules for Special Education specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Communication Disorder
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Mental Retardation
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vision Impairment

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Pennsylvania | Rhode Island

PENNSYLVANIA

14.101 of the Pennsylvania Code refers to 34 CFR 300.8 of the federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act regulations to list and define these disabilities making a child eligible for special education:

  • Mental Retardation
  • Hearing Impairment (Including Deafness)
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Visual Impairment (Including Blindness)
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Autism
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Developmental Delays (ages 3-9)

RHODE ISLAND

300.8 of the Regulations Governing the Education of Children With Disabilities from the Rhode Island Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment Including Blindness
  • Developmental Delays (ages 3-8)

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South Carolina | South Dakota

SOUTH CAROLINA

The State Board Regulation, Special Education, Education of Students with Disabilities specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment
  • Developmental Delays (ages 3-9)

SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota Special Education Administrative Rules, Chapter 24:05:24.01, specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Hearing Loss
  • Cognitive Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairments
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Speech or Language Impairments
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vision Loss, Including Blindness
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-5)

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Tennessee | Texas | Utah

TENNESSEE

0520-01-09 of the Rules of State Board of Education specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-9)
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Functional Delay
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Intellectually Gifted
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment (Including Blindness)

TEXAS

Division 2 of the Commissioner's Rules Concerning Special Education Services specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Auditory Impairment
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Learning Disability
  • Speech Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment
  • Noncategorical (ages 3-5)

UTAH

The Utah State Board of Education Special Education Rules specify the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Deafblindness
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-7)
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment/Deafness
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Speech/Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment (Including Blindness)

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Vermont | Virginia

VERMONT

2360 Special Education of the State Board of Education Manual of Rules and Practices specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Learning Impairment
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-6)

VIRGINIA

8VAC20-81-80 of the Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children With Disabilities in Virginia specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Developmental Delay (ages 2-6)
  • Emotional Disability
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment (Including Blindness)

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Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming

WASHINGTON

392-172A-01035 of the Washington Administrative Code specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Intellectual Disability
  • Hearing impairment (Including Deafness)
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Visual Impairment (Including Blindness)
  • Emotional Behavioral Disability
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Autism
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-8)

WEST VIRGINIA

Policy 2419, Regulations for the Education of Students with Exceptionalities, Chapter 4, Section 3 specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism
  • Blindness and Low Vision
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-5)
  • Emotional/Behavioral Disorder
  • Gifted
  • Hard of Hearing
  • Mental Impairment
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairments
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech/Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

WISCONSIN

PI 11 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Cognitive Disability
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Visual Impairment
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Emotional Behavioral Disability
  • Autism
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Other Health Impairments
  • Significant Developmental Delay (ages 3-5)

WYOMING

Chapter 7 of the Rules and Regulations of the Wyoming Department of Education, Section 4, specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cognitive Disability
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-9)
  • Emotional Disability
  • Hearing Impairment, Including Deafness
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment, Including Blindness

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