Disability Areas


Disability Areas


Autism

A developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction.

Communication Impairment

The capacity to use expressive and/or receptive language is significantly limited, impaired, or delayed and is exhibited by difficulties in one or more of the following areas:

  • speech, such as articulation and/or voice
  • conveying, understanding, or using spoken, written, or symbolic language
  • The term may include a student with impaired articulation, stuttering, language impairment, or voice impairment if such impairment adversely affects the student’s educational performance.

Developmental Delay

The learning capacity of a young child (3-9 years old) is significantly limited, impaired, or delayed and is exhibited by difficulties in one or more of the following areas:

  • receptive and/or expressive language
  • cognitive abilities
  • physical functioning
  • social, emotional, or adaptive functioning
  • self-help skills.

Emotional Impairment

The student exhibits one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree that adversely affects educational performance:

  • an inability to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors
  • an inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers
  • inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances
  • a general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression
  • a tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems
The determination of disability shall not be made solely because the student’s behavior violates the school’s discipline code, because the student is involved with a state court or social service agency, or because the student is socially maladjusted, unless the Team determines that the student has a serious emotional disturbance.

Health Impairment

A chronic or acute health problem such that the physiological capacity to function is significantly limited or impaired and results in one or more of the following:

  • limited strength, vitality or alertness including a heightened alertness to environmental stimuli resulting in limited alertness with respect to the educational environment
  • the term shall include health impairments due to asthma, attention deficit disorder or attention deficit with hyperactivity disorder, diabetes, epilepsy, a heart condition, hemophilia, lead poisoning, leukemia, nephritis, rheumatic fever, and sickle cell anemia, if such health impairment adversely affects a student’s educational performance.

Intellectual Impairment

The permanent capacity for performing cognitive tasks, functions, or problem solving is significantly limited or impaired and is exhibited by more than one of the following:

  • a slower rate of learning
  • disorganized patterns of learning
  • difficulty with adaptive behavior
  • difficulty understanding abstract concepts.

Neurological Impairment

The capacity of the nervous system is limited or impaired with difficulties exhibited in one or more of the following areas:

  • the use of memory
  • the control and use of cognitive functioning
  • sensory and motor skills
  • speech
  • language
  • organizational skills
  • information processing
  • affect
  • social skills
  • basic life functions
  • The term includes students who have received a traumatic brain injury.

Physical Impairment

The physical capacity to move, coordinate actions, or perform physical activities is significantly limited, impaired, or delayed and is exhibited by difficulties in one or more of the following areas:

  • physical and motor tasks
  • independent movement
  • performing basic life functions
  • The term shall include severe orthopedic impairments or impairments caused by congenital anomaly, cerebral palsy, amputations, and fractures if such impairment adversely affects a student’s educational performance.

Sensory Impairment

The term shall include the following:

  • Hearing – The capacity to hear, with amplification, is limited, impaired, or absent and results in one or more of the following: reduced performance in hearing acuity tasks; difficulty with oral communication; and/or difficulty in understanding auditory-presented information in the education environment. The term includes students who are deaf and students who are hard-of -hearing.
  • Vision – The capacity to see, after correction, is limited, impaired, or absent and results in one or more of the following: reduced performance in visual acuity tasks; difficulty with written communication; and/or difficulty with understanding information presented visually in the education environment. The term includes students who are blind and students with limited vision.
  • Deaf-Blind – Concomitant hearing and visual impairments, the combination of which causes severe communication and other developmental and educational needs.

Specific Learning Disability

The term means a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.

The term does not include learning problems that are primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor disabilities, of intellectual impairment, of emotional disturbance, or of environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage.






Administration
Dr. Donna Straight - Asst Superintendent of Student Services
Laura Hardiman - Admin Assistant 
Contact Information
North Andover Public Schools
566 Main Street
North Andover, MA 01845