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Orthopedic Impairment
What is orthopedic impairment?
Orthopedic impairment means a severe impairment with bones, joints and/or muscles that adversely affects a child’s educational performance. The term includes impairments caused by congenital anomaly (such as club foot or the absence of some member); impairments caused by disease (such as poliomyelitis or bone tuberculosis); and impairments from other causes (including cerebral palsy, amputations and fractures or burns that cause contrachures).

[+] Read about the specific criteria used to determine eligibility in the educational category of orthopedic impairment.

Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education – Criteria for Eligibility in the Educational Category of Orthopedic Impairment

A child is determined to have orthopedic impairment when:
  1. An orthopedic impairment has been diagnosed by a licensed physician
  2. The physical impairment adversely affects the child’s educational performance
[+] Other local, state and national resources related to orthopedic impairment

Local Resources
Adapt-Ability Inc.

Life Bridge Partnership


Spina Bifida of Greater St. Louis

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Heartland

State Resources
Missouri Assistive Technology

National Resources
National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)


American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine

Cerebral Palsy Group

Muscular Dystrophy Association

National Spinal Cord Injury Association

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