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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.
www.adapt-ability.org

Enabling Mobility
enablemob.wustl.edu/EMC/emc.htm

Paraquad
www.paraquad.org

Life Bridge Partnership
www.lifebridgestl.org

Spina Bifida of Greater St. Louis
www.sbstl.com

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Heartland
www.ucpheartland.org

State Resources
Missouri Assistive Technology
www.at.mo.gov

National Resources
National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
www.naric.com

AbleData
www.abledata.com

American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
www.aacpdm.org

Cerebral Palsy Group
https://cerebralpalsygroup.com

Muscular Dystrophy Association
www.mdausa.org

National Spinal Cord Injury Association
www.spinalcord.org

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