Definition of Disability

Administrative Code, Title 5 identifies the following disabilities for funding purposes:
PHYSICAL DISABILITY means a visual, mobility, orthopedic impairment.
(a) Visual impairment means total or partial loss of sight.
(b) Mobility and orthopedic impairment means a serious limitation in locomotion or motion function.
COMMUNICATION DISABILITY is defined as an impairment in the process of speech, language, or
(a) Hearing impairment means a total or partial loss of hearing function which impedes the communication
process essential to language, educational, social and/or cultural interactions.
(b) Speech and language impairments mean one or more speech/language
disorders of voice, articulation, rhythm and/or receptive and expressive processes of language.
LEARNING DISABILITY is defined as a persistent condition of presumed neurological dysfunction which
may exist with other disabling conditions. This dysfunction continues despite instruction in standard
classroom situations. To be categorized as learning disabled, a student must exhibit:
Average to above-average intellectual ability
Severe processing deficit(s)
Severe aptitude-achievement discrepancy(ies)
Measured achievement in an instructional or employment setting.
ACQUIRED BRAIN IMPAIRMENT means a verified deficit in brain functions which results in a total or
partial loss of cognitive, communicative, motor, psycho-social, and/or sensory perceptual abilities.
DEVELOPMENTALLY DELAYED LEARNER is a student who exhibits the
(a) Below average intellectual functioning; and
(b) Potential for measurable achievement in instructional and employment settings.
PSYCHOLOGICAL DISABILITY means a persistent psychological or psychiatric disorder, or emotional or
mental illness. (Pursuant to ADA this does not include (a) transvestitism, transexualism, pedophilia,
exhibitionism, voyeurism, gender identity disorders not resulting from (b) compulsive gambling, kleptomania,
or pyromania; and (c) psychoactive substance abuse disorders resulting from current illegal use of drugs.)
OTHER DISABILITY includes all of those not described above.
The Community College District uses the information requested on this form for the purpose of determining a
student’s eligibility to receive authorized special services provided by the Disabled Students Programs and
Services (DSP&S) Program. Personal information recorded on this form will be kept confidential in order to
protect against unauthorized disclosure. Portions of this information may be shared with the Chancellor’s Office
of the California Community Colleges or other state of federal agencies; however, disclosure to these parties is
made in strict accordance with applicable statutes regarding confidentiality, including the Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. 1232 (g)). Pursuant to Section 7 of the Federal Privacy Act (Public Law
93-579; 5 U.S.C. § 552a, note), providing your social security number is voluntary. The information on this form
is being collected pursuant to California Education Code Sections 67310-67312, and 84850, and California Code of
Regulations, Title 5, Section 56000 et seq.