Other Health Impairment (OHI)
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 is due to chronic or acute health problems. This includes, but is not limited to, asthma, attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Tourette syndrome, diabetes, epilepsy, a heart condition, hemophilia, lead poisoning, leukemia, nephritis, rheumatic fever, sickle cell anemia, and acquired brain injury. This definition is found in State Board of Education Rule, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.).
State Laws and Regulations
The rule referenced below is specific to OHI. Please refer to Volume I-B: Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules, Excerpts Related to Exceptional Student Education (PDF, 9MB) for a complete listing of laws and regulations applicable to exceptional student education.
- 6A-6.030152, F.A.C.: Exceptional Student Education Eligibility for Students With Other Health Impairments
- American Diabetes Association – Diabetes Care at School
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
- Educator’s Guide to Sickle Cell and School (PDF)
- National Asthma Education and Prevention Program – Managing Asthma, A Guide for Schools (PDF)
- National Diabetes Education Program – A Guide for School Personnel
- Center for Parent Information and Resources – Other Health Impairments (NICHY Resources)
- National Education Association Health Information Network (NEAHIN): Asthma and Schools
- National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) - ADHD
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – School and Child Care Based Asthma Education Programs