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Criteria for Outside Documentation: Guidelines for Sensory Disorders

Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing

Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing experience a reduction in sensitivity to sound. Amplification may not assist the individual in interpreting auditory stimuli. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing from birth may experience lags in the development of speech and most often have language-based deficiencies.

Documentation may include the following:

  •     General documentation guidelines listed in Appendix D.
  •     Description of the history, current symptoms, and severity of the disorder.
  •     Description of the expected progression or stability of the disorder.
  •     Description of the current functional limitations impacting academic performance resulting from the disorder.

Visual Disorders

Visual impairments are disorders in the function of the eyes that cannot be adequately corrected by medical or surgical intervention, therapy, or conventional eye-wear. Individuals with visual disorders may not have any usable vision or the vision may be extremely limited (light, color or shadow perception only).

Documentation for visual disorders may include the following:

  • General documentation guidelines listed in Appendix D.
  • Description of the history, current symptoms, and severity of the disorder.
  • Description of the expected progression or stability of the disorder.
  • Description of the current functional limitations impacting academic performance resulting from the disorder.

The specific documentation guidelines (Criteria for Outside Evaluations):

USG Documentation for Sensory Disorders

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