Other Health Disabilities

Other Health Disabilities (OHD) includes a wide range of chronic or acute health conditions that range from mild to severe. Medications, treatments, therapies and repeated hospitalizations can affect a student’s ability to learn and function at school. A student with such a condition may be considered for special education under the OHD category. Find Minnesota Rule language regarding other health disabilities under offsite resources.

The Minnesota Department of Education and experts throughout Minnesota offer five one-hour presentations about OHD. When complete, these will include an overview of OHD, service delivery options, definitions and criteria, evaluations and eligibility, and moving from evaluation to the Individualized Educational Program (IEP). Modules are available at the Minnesota Low Incidence Projects resources site; see the offsite resources.

Prepared for educators, the fact sheets below contain information about some of the conditions included in the OHD category and ways that each might affect a student in the educational setting.
  • Other Health Disabilities Technical Assistance Tips  - 2/5/15
    Information on Other Health Disabilities eligibility for students.
  • Other Health Disabilities Manual  - 11/13/14
    Information about Other Health Disabilities for Minnesota teachers, school psychologists and nurses.
  • Other Health Disabilities Health Conditions Information Sheets  - 1/29/14
    Each information sheet includes specific symptoms, educational implications and resources for the health condition. This is not an exhaustive list of health conditions. A diagnosis does not, by itself, guarantee eligibility for the Other Health Disabilities categorical area. Refer to Minnesota Rules 3525.1335 for the eligibility requirements.
  • Sources for Evaluation Data  - 12/10/13
    Non-fillable checklist provided as an example only. For local use in conjunction with the Other Health Disabilities Manual (see Appendix 3).