Eligibility for Children 6-15 Years of Age

Please note that eligibility for Board provided School Age Special Education Program Services  is determined by your local public district. The following link provides access to all Portage County School Districts: www.co.portage.oh.us
Eligibility for all other Board services, such as the Family Support Services Program is completed by the Board’s Intake and Eligibility Specialist (intake@portagedd.org).
Eligibility criteria for children six (6) through fifteen (15) years of age:
Children six (6) through fifteen (15) must exhibit a documented developmental disability* that also results in a substantial functional limitation in at least three of the following areas of major life activity as appropriate for the individual’s chronological age: self care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self direction, and capacity for independent living.
Substantial functional limitations are determined through administration of the Children’s Eligibility Determination Instrument (COEDI), an assessment instrument that will be explained and administered by the Intake and Eligibility Specialist.
*Developmental disability means a severe, chronic disability that is characterized by all of the following:
  1. It is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or a combination of mental and physical impairments, other than a mental or physical impairment solely caused by mental illness as defined in division (A) of section 5122.01 of the Ohio Revised Code;
  2. It is manifested and confirmed before age twenty-two;
  3. It is likely to continue indefinitely; and
  4. It causes the person to need a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or other type of care, treatment, or provision of services for an extended period of time that is individually planned and coordinated for the person.
The determination and confirmation of a developmental disability must be made by a licensed psychologist and/or physician. Examples of developmental disabilities include: autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, intellectual disabilities, and spinal bifida.
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