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What Is A High Incidence Disability

High Incidence disability is a mild disability that triggers special education students in schools. Specific learning problems affect approximately 36% of the students with disabilities serviced under IDEA. 3 common factors that fall under incidence disability are intellectual disability, learning disability, and emotional/behavioral disorder. To learn more about what is high incidence disability and its characteristics among students, read the entire blog.

Characteristics Of Students Having High Incidence Disability

  • Students with high-incidence impairments are taught in general education classrooms and spend the majority of their time there.
  • Accommodations, modifications, paraprofessionals, and other relevant services are provided in the classroom to assist students in succeeding.
  • They also receive some extra support via pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, or social workers.
  • They struggle while socializing, communicating, learning, and with their academics.
  • Another high-incidence handicap is speech and language difficulties, sometimes known as communication disorders.

Sometimes it is very difficult to detect this disability in students until they start surviving in a school environment and their teacher observes their unusual behavior among others. The struggles of students with disabilities are not always easy to swallow, but it is important that we recognize just how many different kinds these individuals come in. Students who have emotional or behavioral disorders (E/BD), learning difficulties (LD) as well mild intellectual disability may be considered a high incidence group when looking at school statistics on children and youth suffering from such conditions. Students with various disabilities, such as high-functioning autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and speech and language impairment, are increasingly being detected at increased rates and are lumped together in a category called "other" among high-incidence disabilities.

People often mix up learning disabilities and autism, and while the two may appear to be similar, they are really different in many respects. Read the Disability Help blog to learn how to tell the difference between autism and learning disabilities.

Chloe Powers
Chloe works with policymakers on behalf of Disability Help to support their work at a strategic level, ensuring the conditions are in place for creative individuals and organizations to grow, reach their potential and effect relevant, sustainable change.
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