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Children with Disabilities: Health, Education & Information

  • Synopsis: Covers a wide range of information about disability in infants toddlers children and youth with disabilities.

Definition: Child with Disability

Child with a disability means a child evaluated in accordance with Sec. Sec. 300.304 through 300.311 as having mental retardation, a hearing impairment (including deafness), a speech or language impairment, a visual impairment (including blindness), a serious emotional disturbance (referred to in this part as "emotional disturbance"), an orthopedic impairment, autism, traumatic brain injury, an other health impairment, a specific learning disability, deaf-blindness, or multiple disabilities, and who, by reason thereof, needs special education and related services. (IDEA)


Student with Disability

Students who require special education because of: autism; communication disorders; deaf-blindness; emotional disturbances; hearing impairments, including deafness; intellectual disability; orthopedic impairments; other health impairments; specific learning disabilities; traumatic brain injuries; or visual impairments, including blindness. (OAR 581-015-2000(4))

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This section of Disabled World covers a range of specific childhood disabilities and disorders including information about disability in infants, toddlers, children, and youths.

We also provide links to disability specific sites and support groups for both children and parents of children, or a child, with a disability.

The Disabled World mission in Child Disability is to:

Parents are often worried when their child experiences learning problems in school. There are many different reasons for learning difficulties, but a common one may involve a specific learning disability. Learning disabilities affect at least 1 in 10 school children today.

Evaluation is an essential beginning step in the special education process for a child with a disability. In the United States the evaluation process is guided by requirements in special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

IDEA's Definition of a "Child with a Disability"

IDEA lists different disability categories under which a child may be found eligible for special education and related services.

These categories are:

Parents with a child, or children, with a disability often have more stress placed on their relationship than parents of typically developing children. However, it has also been shown that having a child with a disability can also bring a couple closer together. The main key(s) to keeping your marriage or relationship strong are open communication and spending a great deal of time together.

Further information - Disability Education - Special Education - Childrens Health Concerns

Quick Facts: Child Disability Benefit

Under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, Social Security can provide cash payments to children with disabilities. A child who is eligible for Federal SSI cash payments is also eligible, depending on the State, for State supplemental payments, Medicaid, Food Stamps, and other social services. To apply for child disability support you will need to complete an Application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) AND a Child Disability Report. The report collects information about the child's disabling condition and how it affects his/her ability to function. Contact your local U.S. Department of Social Security to find out whether the income and resources of the parents and the child are within the allowed limits, and to start the SSI application process.

Statistics: U.S. Child Disability

Brief, based on 2010 American Community Survey estimates, examines disability type, school enrollment and geographic distribution for school-age children in the United States, comparing disability rates of children among states and metropolitan vs. non-metropolitan areas.






Latest Child Disability Publications

  1. Navigating the Insurance Maze to Secure a Safe Bed for Your Special-Needs Child
    Article assists parents with special-needs children navigate the medical necessity and insurance maze when it comes to providing a safe bed for their child.
  2. Spatial Talk Predicts Spatial Abilities in Young Children
    Study reveals preschool age kids often skip location words and lean on other relevant information to describe important spatial details.
  3. Importance of Loving Care in Child Institutions
    Children raised in daily contact with responsive and warm professionals display better physical, cognitive, and social development.
  4. Bullying Can Result in Aggressive Response by Children with Disability
    Study finds children with disabilities more likely to respond aggressively when they are bullied, not only to their bullies but to other children as well.
  5. For Toddlers with Disabilities Mobility Plays Important Role in Development
    Oregon State University study reveals marked differences in play and activity among toddlers with and without disabilities.

Full List of Child Disability Documents (44 Items)




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