Determining Eligibility

Once all the evaluations are completed, the IEP team develops a written summary of the test results.  Next, the IEP team, which includes the parents, meets to consider all available information to determine if your child has an educational disability.  Having a medical diagnosis does not automatically qualify a child for special education, though in some cases a medical diagnosis is required to determine eligibility.  There are also specific requirements under the NH Rules as to who is qualified to diagnose certain disabilities (PDF)).  To be eligible for special education, your child must have an educational disability.  An educational disability is defined as one of 13 categories below that adversely affects their educational performance and requires special education and related services.

  • Intellectual Disability
  • Hearing impairment (HI)
  • Speech or language impairment (SL)
  • Visual impairment (VI)
  • Emotional disturbance (ED)
  • Orthopedic impairment
  • Autism
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) 
  • Other health impairment (OHI)
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Deaf/blindness
  • Developmental delay for children ages 3-10 (DD)
  • Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
  • Specific learning disability (LD)
    • Oral Expression
    • Listening Comprehension
    • Written Expression
    • Basic Reading skill
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Math Calculation
    • Math Reasoning

Once your child is determined eligible for special education and under what category or code, the team must present you with Written Prior Notice (WPN) of its decision.  The IEP team then has 30 days to begin writing your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Sometimes this happens at the same time as eligibility is determined and sometimes it is a separate meeting.


Next Step=> Development & Approval of the IEP