Didn’t Find the Disability You Were Looking For?

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Photo of a person looking through a magnifying glass, with the overlay of "Find" in a computer menu.If you didn’t find the disability of your interest listed in our fact sheets or in IDEA’s disability categories, don’t give up quite yet. We have three specific suggestions!

  1. Look within IDEA’s definitions
  2. Is it a rare disorder?
  3. Use the SEARCH box

 
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Suggestion 1:

Check the alphabetical list below to see if the disability is listed there. Many of IDEA’s disability categories and definitions explicitly mention a variety of specific disabilities. Perhaps that’s the case with the disability in which you are interested.

ADD or AD/HD | ADD and AD/HD are mentioned under the definition of “other health impairment” (OHI).  NICHCY offers a fact sheet on OHI as well as a separate fact sheet on AD/HD.

amputation | Amputation is specifically mentioned as part of IDEA’s definition of “orthopedic impairment.”

asthma | Asthma is mentioned under the definition of “other health impairment.” NICHCY offers a fact sheet on OHI. You’ll also find a scad of information if you enter the term “asthma” in the SEARCH box at the top of any webpage.

attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder | AD/HD is mentioned under the definition of “other health impairment” (OHI).  NICHCY offers a fact sheet on OHI as well as a separate fact sheet on AD/HD.

bone tuberculosis | This disease is specifically mentioned as part of IDEA’s definition of “orthopedic impairment.”

brain injury | IDEA uses the term “traumatic brain injury” and mentions brain injury within its definition of “specific learning disability.”

cancer | Cancer is not mentioned in IDEA, but is often addressed under the disability category of “other health impairment.” Find organizations focusing on cancer by entering the term “cancer” in the SEARCH box at the top of any page.

cerebral palsy | Cerebral palsy is specifically mentioned in IDEA’s definition of “orthopedic impairment.” NICHCY is pleased to offer a fact sheet on CP.

developmental aphasia | This term is included in IDEA’s definition of specific learning disability.

diabetes | Diabetes is mentioned under the definition of “other health impairment.” NICHCY offers a fact sheet on OHI and a separate resource page on diabetes.

Down syndrome | Down syndrome is most closely associated with the disability category of intellectual disability. NICHCY offers a fact sheet on Down syndrome.

dyslexia | Dyslexia is a type of specific learning disability. Read NICHCY’s fact sheet on LD.

epilepsy | Epilepsy is mentioned under the definition of “other health impairment” (OHI).  NICHCY offers a fact sheet on OHI and on epilepsy.

heart condition | Heart conditions are mentioned  under the definition of “other health impairment” (OHI). NICHCY offers a fact sheet on OHI and a separate resource page on heart conditions.

hemophilia | Hemophilia is mentioned under the definition of “other health impairment” (OHI). NICHCY offers a fact sheet on OHI and a separate resource page on hemophilia.

lead poisoning | Lead poisoning is mentioned under the definition of “other health impairment” (OHI). NICHCY offers a fact sheet on OHI and a separate resource page on lead poisoning.

learning disability | IDEA uses the term specific learning disability. Read NICHCY’s fact sheet on LD.

leukemia | Leukemia is mentioned under the definition of “other health impairment” (OHI). NICHCY offers a fact sheet on OHI and a separate resource page on leukemia.

mental retardation | Mental retardation is now referred to as “intellectual disability.” We offer a fact sheet on intellectual disability.

nephritis | Nephritis is mentioned under the definition of “other health impairment” (OHI). NICHCY offers a fact sheet on OHI and a separate resource page on nephritis.

PDD or PDDNOS | If you’re looking for info on PDD or PDDNOS, these are disorders on the autism spectrum. Have a look at NICHCY’s fact sheet on autism spectrum disorders.

pervasive developmental disorder | This is one of the disorders on the autism spectrum. Have a look at NICHCY’s fact sheet on autism spectrum disorders.

perceptual disability | This term is included in IDEA’s definition of “specific learning disability.” Read NICHCY’s fact sheet on LD.

poliomyelitis | Mentioned as part of IDEA’s definition of orthopedic impairment.

Rett syndrome | This is one of the disorders currently on the autism spectrum. Have a look at NICHCY’s fact sheet on autism spectrum disorders.

rheumatic fever | Rheumatic fever is mentioned under the definition of “other health impairment” (OHI). NICHCY offers a fact sheet on OHI and a separate resource page on rheumatic fever.

sickle cell anemia | Sickle cell anemia is mentioned under the definition of “other health impairment” (OHI). NICHCY offers a fact sheet on OHI and a separate resource page on sickle cell anemia.

stuttering | Stuttering is considered a “speech or language impairment.” Read more in NICHCY’s fact sheet on speech-language impairments.

Tourette syndrome | Tourette syndrome is mentioned under the definition of “other health impairment” (OHI). NICHCY offers a fact sheet on OHI and a separate resource page on Tourette syndrome.

 
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Suggestion 2:

Is the disability considered a rare disorder? If so, check out our Rare Disorders fact sheet and get in touch with the organizations listed there, which specialize in providing information about individual rare disorders.
 

Suggestion 3:

Enter the name of the disability in the SEARCH box at the top of every page on NICHCY’s website. Chances are, the results will include the names of organizations that specialize in providing information about that disability.

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NOTICE: The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) is no longer in operation. Our funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) ended on September 30, 2013. Our website and all its free resources will remain available until September 30, 2014.