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Exceptional Student Education (Special Education)

Exceptional Student Education (Special Education)

Disability Categories and Related Services

Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) program may serve individuals with Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Rhett's Disorder, or Pervasive Developmental Disorder-NOS who receive services through Exceptional Student Education or general education.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing
The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program provides services to students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing with a hearing loss that is aided or unaided, that impacts the processing of linguistic information and which adversely affects performance in the educational environment.

Dual-Sensory Impairments
Dual-sensory impairment (deaf-blindness) is defined as impairment affecting both vision and hearing, the combination of which causes a serious impairment in the abilities to acquire information, communicate, or function within the environment, or a degenerative condition which will lead to such an impairment.

Gifted K-12
The K-12 Gifted Department provides support to district school personnel and the community in matters related to gifted and high-achieving students. The goal of the gifted department is to provide information and assistance to individuals and schools as they endeavor to meet the needs of gifted students who attend HCPS.

The Hospital/Homebound Program is designed to help students who have been diagnosed with a physical or psychiatric condition that is acute or catastrophic in nature and confines a student to home or hospital.

Orthopedic Impairments (OI)
Orthopedic Impairments (OI) is a bodily impairment that adversely affects a child’s educational performance. The term includes impairments caused by a congenital anomaly, impairments caused by disease (e.g., poliomyelitis, bone tuberculosis), and impairments from other causes (e.g., cerebral palsy, amputations, and fractures or burns that cause contractures).

Other Health Impairments (OHI)
Other Health Impairments (OHI) means having limited strength, vitality, or alertness. This includes having a heightened alertness to environmental stimuli that results in limited alertness with respect to the educational environment or that is due to chronic or acute health problems.

A speech or language impairment is defined as a communication disorder, such as stuttering, impaired articulation, expressive or receptive language delay, or voice impairment that adversely affects a child’s educational performance.The Speech-Language Program may provide therapeutic services to students identified as having a speech or language impairment.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is an acquired injury to the brain caused by an external physical force resulting in total or partial functional disability or psychosocial impairment, or both, that adversely affects educational performance.

Visual Impairments
The Visually Impaired Program provides specialized instruction in all areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum to eligible students, age birth through twenty-two years.

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