What qualifies a child as an "exceptional needs" child?
An "exceptional needs child" is a child who:
has been evaluated in accordance with this State's evaluation criteria as set forth in S.C. Code Ann. Regs. 43-243.1 and determined eligible as a child with a disability who needs special education and related services in accordance with the requirements of Section 300.8 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ORhas been diagnosed within the last three years by a licensed speech-language pathologist, psychiatrist, or medical mental health psychoeducational or other comparable licensed health care provider as having a neurodevelopmental disorder, a substantial sensory or physical impairment such as deaf, blind or orthopedic disability, or some other disability or acute or chronic condition that significantly impedes the student's ability to learn and succeed in school without specialized instructional and associated supports and services tailored to the child's unique needs.