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Other Health Impairment

Definition in State Rule: Other Health Impairment

Other health impairment means having limited strength, vitality or alertness, due to chronic or acute health problems. The term includes but is not limited to a heart condition, tuberculosis, rheumatic fever, nephritis, asthma, sickle cell anemia, hemophilia, epilepsy, lead poisoning, leukemia, diabetes, or acquired injuries to the brain caused by internal occurrences or degenerative conditions, which adversely affects a child's educational performance.PI 11.36 (10), Wis. Admin. Code

Incidence and Disproportionality

Incidence

For the 2020-2021 school year, 23,414 students (2.8%) of total public school enrollment (829,935 students) were identified as having other an other health impairment. These 23,414 students with an other health impairment made up 19.8% of all students with IEPs (117,969). In Wisconsin, IEP teams are not required to identify secondary or tertiary disability criteria areas and thus the number of students identified with having a secondary or tertiary other health impairment is not reflected in this data. To view additional data including district level information, go to the WI DPI public WISEdash portal.

Disproportionality

In Wisconsin, like many other states, we see district data demonstrating race-based patterns of identification for other health impairment. Specifically, districts have identified American Indian, black, and hispanic students more than their peers with having an other health impairment. As an equity issue, we strongly encourage all districts to disaggregate their special education data to ensure evaluation practices and procedures are culturally responsive and address bias when conducting and analyzing assessments used to make eligibility decisions. Go to the DPI Culturally Responsive Problem Solving web page for more information.

Other Health Impairment Criteria

Other Health Impairment Criteria

§300.304 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) outlines two purpose of special education evaluations (i) Whether the child is a child with a disability; and (ii) The content of the child’s IEP, including information related to enabling the child to be involved in and progress in the general education curriculum (or for a preschool child, to participate in appropriate activities). The disability category criteria worksheets only assist IEP teams with (i) and are not sufficient in completing an evaluation and developing a student’s IEP. To ensure compliance with implementing a full, individual, and comprehensive evaluation, go to the WI DPI Comprehensive Special Education Evaluation web page (coming soon).

Worksheets and Guidelines

Other Health Impairment Criteria Worksheet

English Fillable Other Health Impairment Criteria Worksheet

Hmong Fillable Other Health Impairment Criteria Worksheet

Spanish Fillable Other Health Impairment Criteria Worksheet

Criteria Guidelines: Other Health Impairment

Other Special Education Resources


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