Rheumatic Fever

August 2009The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), our nation's special education law, defines 14 categories of disability under which a child may be found eligible for special education and related services. One of those categories is "Other Health Impairment," or OHI, for short. Within OHI's definition, numerous disabilities and medical conditions are explicitly named. Rheumatic fever is one such.This short resource page accompanies … [Read more...]

Sickle Cell Anemia

August 2009 The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), our nation's special education law, defines 14 categories of disability under which a child may be found eligible for special education and related services. One of those categories is "Other Health Impairment," or OHI, for short. Within OHI's definition, numerous disabilities and medical conditions are explicitly named.  Sickle Cell Anemia is one such. This resource page accompanies … [Read more...]

Tourette Syndrome

August 2009The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), our nation's special education law, defines 14 categories of disability under which a child may be found eligible for special education and related services. One of those categories is "Other Health Impairment," or OHI, for short. Within OHI's definition, numerous disabilities and medical conditions are explicitly named. Tourette syndrome is one such.This short resource page accompanies … [Read more...]

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)

Disability Fact Sheet 19 (FS19) Updated February 2013 PDF version En español | In Spanish __________________________________________________________ Marios's Story What is AD/HD? How common is AD/HD? What are the signs? How do you know if a child has AD/HD? What about treatment? What about school? Tips for parents Tips for teachers Additional resources   Mario's Story Mario is 10 years … [Read more...]

SSA benefits and compassionate allowances

Social Security has an obligation to provide benefits quickly to applicants whose medical conditions are so serious that their conditions obviously meet disability standards.Compassionate allowances are a way of quickly identifying diseases and other medical conditions that invariably qualify under the "Listing of Impairments" based on minimal objective medical information. Compassionate allowances allow Social Security to quickly target the most … [Read more...]

Collaborating with physicians: A guide for school leaders

Collaboration between educators and physicians can make it more likely that students with medical conditions will be successful in school.http://www.nasponline.org/resources/principals/nassp_collab.aspx … [Read more...]

Organize your child’s medical records

This 2-page brief gives great suggestions and several step-by-step instructions for getting your child's medical records and then organizing them. (Posted July 26, 2011) http://www.pacer.org/health/pdfs/HIAC-h17.pdf   … [Read more...]

Educational rights for children with AD/HD: A primer for parents

This primer for parents is aimed at helping parents recognize attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) and learn about the two main laws, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, that protect the rights of children with disabilities in public schools. In addition to discussing the parents’ rights and responsibilities in relation to special education, the primer provides parents … [Read more...]

GEMSS: Genetic resources for educators

Approximately 1 in every 20 children nationwide has a genetic or metabolic condition like Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, sickle cell disease, or Phenylketonuria (PKU). The Genetics Education Materials for School Success (GEMSS) website provides educators, other school personnel, and parents with a “one-stop shop” of useful tools and tips for support of students with genetic conditions throughout the school day. Each condition and its symptoms … [Read more...]

Movement disorders

Movement disorders mean that movement is impaired in some way. Such disorders include ataxia, dystonia (involuntary muscle spasms), essential tremors (uncontrolled shaking or trembling), tics, spasticity (muscle contractions), and Rett Syndrome. Causes include injuries, autoimmune diseases, infections, and certain medicines. Many movement disorders are inherited, which means they run in families. Learn more about movement disorders, including symptoms … [Read more...]

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