What is an educational disability?

Special Services

An educational disability is a disability that has been identified as having an  adverse affect on the student's education requiring specially designed instruction and/or related services to ensure access of the student to the general education curriculum so the student can meet the educational standards that apply to all students within the jurisdiction of the school district.  Adversely means the disability is preventing success or development that is harmful or unfavorable to the student that is in excess of the student's ability levels.  Having a medical diagnosis does not automatically require special education services unless a demonstrated adverse affect has been identified in the educational setting.


Specially Designed Instruction:   

Adapting as appropriate to meet the needs of an eligible student through delivery of instructional content, methodology or delivery of instruction to address the unique needs of the student as a result of the student’s disability.


Related Services:  

Developmental, corrective and other supportive services that are required to assist a student with a disability to benefit from special education.  Some examples are:  speech and language and audiology services, interpreting services, psychological services, physical and occupational therapy, early identification and assessment of disabilities in children, and counseling services.