A developmental disability determined by the presence of reciprocal
social behaviors, qualitative impairment of communication, language
and symbolic development and markedly restricted repertoire of
activities and interests as seen in a case study evaluation conducted
by a multidisciplinary team. A psychological evaluation by a certified
school psychologist is required.
- Behavioral/Emotional Disability
An inability to develop or maintain satisfactory interpersonal
relationships; inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under
normal circumstances; or a tendency to develop physical symptoms
or fears associated with personal or school problems.
A sensorineural or ongoing or chronic conductive hearing loss
with aided sensitivity of 30 dB HL or less; or a functional auditory
behavior that is significantly discrepant from the person’s
present cognitive and/or developmental levels. Corrected visual
acuity of less than 20/70 in the better eye, restricted visual
field of 20 degrees or less in the better eye, cortical blindness
or does not appear to respond to visual stimulation.
- Developmental Delay
A significant delay (1.5 standard deviations) in 2 domains,
one of which is speech/language, on an individual test of cognitive
abilities as administered by a school psychologist.
- Early Childhood Special Education
children ages three through five who have delays in one or more of the
following domains: physical development, cognitive development,
communication development, social and emotional development, or adaptive
development. Students may receive special education services with a
significant delay as determined by a specialized evaluation.
For eligibility for Early Childhood Special
Education with a d Developmental Delay (DD), a child must exhibit a
delay in a t least two of the previously stated domains. A child may be
reevaluated prior to Kindergarten to reassess the DD label, and must be
reevaluated before the student's ninth birthday.
- Hearing Impairment
A confirmed chronic or recurring hearing impairment, unaided
speech discrimination scores below 80% or a history/treatment
- Intellectual Disability
Significantly sub average intellectual functioning, an IQ of
69 or below on an individually administered intelligence test
and concurrent deficits in adaptive behavior evaluated according
to developmental age. Onset must be before the age of 18.
- Learning Disabilities
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 do
The State of Illinois requires that the
determination of specific learning disability eligibility utilizes a
method that documents the students' response to scientific, research
- Other Health Impaired
An acute or chronic health condition which adversely affects
the student’s learning in the regular classroom.
that adversely affets a child's educational performance and is caused
by congenital anomalies, disease, accidents or injuries.
- Speech/Language Impairment
Deficits in speech, voice, fluency, augmentative communication
or language delay that affect the student’s educational
performance in the classroom as determined by a full case study
Traumatic Brain Injury
Evidence of educational deficits linked to traumatic brain injury
resulting in impairments in one or more areas.
- Visually Impaired
A significant medically diagnosed visual condition must be documented
on an ISBE ocular report form, on a State of Illinois Vision Examination
Report, in a letter from an eye doctor or in a copy of a doctor’s
chart notes. An educational assessment of vision must be performed
by a person certified in the area of visual impairment.