Orthopedic impairment means a severe skeletal, muscular, or neuromuscular impairment. The term includes impairments resulting from congenital anomalies (e.g., including, but not limited to, skeletal deformity or spina bifida) and impairments resulting from other causes (e.g., including, but not limited to, cerebral palsy or amputations).
Eligibility is determined if the following criteria are met:
- There is evidence of an orthopedic impairment that adversely affects the student’s performance in the educational environment in any of the following: ambulation, hand movement, coordination, or daily living skills.
- The student demonstrates a need for special education.
A report of a medical examination, within the previous 12-month period, from a physician licensed in Florida is required as part of the eligibility determination. This report must provide a description of the impairment and any medical implications for instruction. If you believe that your child may be a student with a disability, please contact the assistant principal at your child’s school to request an evaluation.