Orthopedic Impairment

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Orthopedic impairment (OI) means a severe orthopedic impairment that adversely affects a child's educational performance. The term includes impairments caused by congenital anomaly, impairments caused by disease (e.g., poliomyelitis, bone tuberculosis), and impairments from other causes (e.g., cerebral palsy, amputations, and fractures or burns which cause contractures).


The class for students with orthopedic impairment is designed to meet the needs of students with significant motor problems that exceed what can be provided through a special education program at the student's neighborhood school. Instruction is provided by a certified special education teacher and support staff. Assistive Technology is a key factor for the educational success of the students in this program. The OI classroom has computers, etc. to meet the students' individual needs. A student participates in general education classes to the extent that is appropriate for him or her.

Many elementary school students with orthopedic impairment are able to attend their neighborhood school and receive services through other appropriate special education programs. Currently, there is not a separate OI class at the middle school or high school level. Secondary students are served through other programs to meet their academic or functional/vocational curricular needs.

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