Questions & Answers
What qualifies a child as an "exceptional needs" child?
An "exceptional needs child" is a child who:
- has been evaluated in accordance with South Carolina's evaluation criteria and determined eligible as a child with a disability who needs special education and related services OR
- has 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, 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.