It’s difficult to make generalizations about the characteristics of students with orthopedic impairment because the IDEA category contains such a wide variety of disorders, but some common characteristics include paralysis, unsteady gait, poor muscle control, and loss of limb.
When is orthopedic impairment most commonly discovered?
Students with an orthopedic impairment usually have a history of chronic disability and are diagnosed through routine doctor visits as infants and young children. In addition, students who are permanently injured, involving muscles, joints or bones, usually are diagnosed and receive rehabilitation services. Other impairments are caused by diseases or injuries. Some preventative measures include raising awareness of the importance of cleanliness, medical care, and nutrition for the development of strong bones; monitoring births to avoid conditions resulting from complicated births; and administering polio vaccinations to prevent polio and post-polio syndrome.
The IDEA requires schools to provide parents of a child with a disability a notice containing a full explanation of the Procedural Safeguards (legal rights) available under the IDEA and the accompanying federal regulations.
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