“Adversely Affects Educational Performance” Policy 1980–2002; Nothing Has Changed 1980. 2002. Twenty-two years later, there are still concerns about what “adversely affects educational performance” really means. It means the same in 2002 as it did in 1980! The 1977 Federal regulations related to PL 94–142, the Education for All Handicapped Children’s Act of 1975, Section 121a.5(10) included the ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2002
“Adversely Affects Educational Performance” Policy 1980–2002; Nothing Has Changed
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  • Stan Dublinske
    ASHA
  • Author’s Note: At the time the policy interpretation was requested, I served as ASHA’s director, School Services Program.
    Author’s Note: At the time the policy interpretation was requested, I served as ASHA’s director, School Services Program.×
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Article   |   July 01, 2002
“Adversely Affects Educational Performance” Policy 1980–2002; Nothing Has Changed
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, July 2002, Vol. 3, 3-7. doi:10.1044/sbi3.2.3
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, July 2002, Vol. 3, 3-7. doi:10.1044/sbi3.2.3
1980. 2002. Twenty-two years later, there are still concerns about what “adversely affects educational performance” really means. It means the same in 2002 as it did in 1980!
The 1977 Federal regulations related to PL 94–142, the Education for All Handicapped Children’s Act of 1975, Section 121a.5(10) included the following definition for a child with a disability:

Speech Impaired” means a communication disorder, such as stuttering, impaired articulation, a language impairment, or a voice impairment, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance (Assistance to States for the Education of Handicapped Children, Implementation of, 1977).

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