OTHER HEALTH IMPAIRMENTS


Other health impairment 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, that:
(i) is due to chronic or acute health problems such as asthma, attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, diabetes, epilepsy, a heart condition, hemophilia, lead poisoning, leukemia, nephritis, rheumatic fever, and sickle cell anemia; and
(ii) adversely affects a child’s educational performance

According to the 26th Annual Report (U.S. Department of Education, 2004), 449,093 students between the ages of 6 to 21 years of age were identified as having other health impairments. This represents approximately 7.5 percent of all students having a classification in special education, or less than 1% of all school-age students.

Some general characteristics faced by individuals with other health impairments may include but not limited to:

  • Fatigue
  • Mobility issues
  • Issues involving attention
  • Coordination difficulties
  • Muscle weakness
  • Frequent absences or lateness’s to school
  • Stamina
  • Inability to concentrate for long periods of time

Taken from https://www.naset.org/2278.0.html


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.