Working with parents and with students with legal issues from pre-school through post graduate programs:
The Students we serve have a variety of diagnoses and classifications, all of which impact their development and educational opportunities.
In addition to Broad categories of disability under the IDEA, the Students we represent might have any number of diagnoses or conditions, which are recognized under Section 504 and other state and federal laws. These can include:
Typical Categories of Disability Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
The IDEA and State laws recognize broad categories of disability which include: Autism; Deafness; Deaf-blindness; Emotional Disturbance (ED); Hearing impairment; Specific Learning Disability (SLD); Intellectual Disability; Multiple disabilities; Orthopedic impairment; Other health-impairment (OHI); Speech or Language Impairment; Traumatic Brain Injury; Acquired Brain Injury; Visual Impairment Including Blindness.
Typical Categories of Disability Under Section 504
The determination of whether a student has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity must be made on the basis of an individual inquiry. The Section 504 regulatory provision at 34 C.F.R. 104.3(j)(2)(i) defines a physical or mental impairment as any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological; musculoskeletal; special sense organs; respiratory, including speech organs; cardiovascular; reproductive; digestive; genito-urinary; hemic and lymphatic; skin; and endocrine; or any mental or psychological disorder, such as intellectual developmental disability, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities.
Other Disorders and Conditions:
ADD and ADHD; Apraxia; Autism Spectrum Disorder; Asperger Syndrome; Pervasive Developmental Disorder; Emotional Disturbance; Bi-Polar Disorder; Depression; Mood Disorder; Oppositional Defiant Disorder; Deafness and Hearing Impairments; Speech and Language Disorders; Central Auditory Processing Disorder; Dyslexia; Learning Disabilities; Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities; Executive Functioning Disorders; Genetic Disorders; Fragile X Syndrome; Sensory Integration Disorder; Traumatic Brain Injury; Cancer; Brain Tumors; Tourette Syndrome; Schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.
This does not set forth an exhaustive list of specific disorders and conditions that may constitute physical or mental impairments of the clients we represent because of the difficulty of ensuring the comprehensiveness of such a list.