Other health impairment means having limited strength, vitality, or alertness, including a heightened alertness to environmental stimuli, that results in limited alertness with respect to the educational environment, that:

(a) is due to chronic or acute health problems such as asthma, attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, diabetes, epilepsy, a heart condition, hemophilia, lead poisoning, leukemia, nephritis, rheumatic fever, sickle cell anemia, and Tourette syndrome; and

(b) adversely affects a child’s educational performance.

Links to Your Life

There is a group of general health conditions that cannot be categorized under one name but have an impact on a child’s education. Children with other health impairments struggle for many reasons depending on their unique situation. The source of the impairments can be temporary, such as cancer, or more permanent, such as asthma.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities: Other Health Impairment


Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)

The Attention Deficit Disorder Association is dedicated to helping adults with ADD lead better lives. Their site provides information about support groups, webinars, event schedules and information related to ADD and ADHD.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders (CHADD)

The mission of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is to improve the lives of children and adults with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders. The site serves as a clearinghouse for evidence-based information on AD/HD, as a support group for families and individuals, and serves as an advocacy group for appropriate public policies in response to needs faced by families and individuals with AD/HD.

Family Voices, Inc.

The mission of Family Voices is to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. This national organization has regional offices across the country to help families care for their children at home. Their site includes articles and guides to Family Voices events and projects.


Learn about effective strategies to support children and youth with other health impairments.