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Other Health Impaired (OHI)
Definition: Other Health Impaired (OHI) means having limited strength, vitality, or alertness, including a heightened alertness to environmental stimuli, that results in limited alertness with respect to the educational environment due to a chronic or acute health problem, including but not limited to asthma, attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, diabetes, epilepsy, a heart condition, hemophilia, leukemia, kidney disease, sickle cell anemia or Tourette syndrome.
These conditions alone do not qualify a child under the eligibility category of Other Health Impaired. There must be evidence of adverse educational impact because of the chronic or acute health problem that cannot be addressed by general education alone and, as such, requires specially designed instruction by a special educator.
- Guidance for Determining Eligibility for Special Education Students with Other Health Impairment (PDF)
- Protecting Students with Disabilities - Frequently Asked Questions About Section 504 and the Education of Children with Disabilities (from the US Department of Education - Office of Civil Rights)
- Comprehensive Overview of Other Health Impairments - National Association of Special Education Teachers
- Other Health Impairment - Center for Parent Information and Resources
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