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Special Education: Disability Categories

There are presently 13 broad areas of disability by which children may qualify for Special Education services. Each has a distinct set of criteria for which a child must meet in order to qualify for services.

1. Hard of Hearing

2. Deaf

3. Deaf-Blind

4. Visually Impaired

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5. Speech and Language Impaired

6. Specific Learning Disability

7. Multi-Handicapped

8. Orthopedically Impaired

9. Other Health Impaired

10. Mental Retardation

11. Autism

12. Emotional Disturbance

13. Traumatic Brain Injury

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