Oregon Oregon Department of Education

Rule Rule 581-015-2160
Orthopedic Impairment


If a child is suspected of having an orthopedic impairment, the following evaluation must be conducted:


Medical or health assessment statement. A medical statement or a health assessment statement indicating a diagnosis of an orthopedic or neuromotor impairment or a description of the motor impairment;


Motor assessment. A standardized motor assessment, including the areas of fine motor, gross motor and self-help, when appropriate, by a specialist knowledgeable about orthopedic or neuromotor development;




Any additional assessments necessary to determine the impact of the suspected disability:


On the child’s educational performance for a school-age child; or


On the child’s developmental progress for a preschool child; and


Any additional evaluations or assessments necessary to identify the child’s educational needs.


To be eligible as a child with an orthopedic impairment, the child must meet all of the following minimum criteria:


The child has a motor impairment that results in deficits in the quality, speed or accuracy of movement. These deficits must be documented by a score of two or more standard deviations below the mean in fine motor skills, gross motor skills, or self-help skills, or functional deficits in at least two of these three motor areas; and


The child’s condition is permanent or is expected to last for more than 60 calendar days.


For a child to be eligible for special education services as a child with an orthopedic impairment, the eligibility team must also determine that:


The child’s disability has an adverse impact on the child’s educational performance; and


The child needs special education services as a result of the disability.

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Jun. 8, 2021