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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
Go to the Laws and Regulations section of the Department of Education site for more on the definitions and evaluation criteria for these disabilities.
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COLORADO

The Rules for the Administration of Exceptional Children's Education Act, 2220-R-2.08, 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
Download the .pdf for more on the definitions and evaluation criteria for these disabilities.
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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)
Download the booklet for more on the definitions and evaluation criteria for these disabilities.
Read more about special education in Connecticut and share your own experience.
 

Note: Information for this article was gathered in September 2011. As state laws and regulations change, this information may change as well. The NECTAC page on States' Part B Rules, Regulations and Policies, which was a big help in finding references for this article, updates links to state laws and regulations monthly, and is a good place to check for additional information.

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