American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

"Adversely Affects Educational Performance"

Below are the texts of the U.S. Department of Education's policy interpretations of its phrase "adversely affects educational performance" as it applies to children with speech or language impairment. These statements make it clear that a child who has a disability cannot be denied service simply because he or she has no concomitant academic problems.

U.S. Department of Education's policy interpretations of its phrase "adversely affects educational performance" [PDF]
Letter to Stan Dublinske, Director of School Services Program (ASHA) from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (Office of Education in Washington, D.C.)

"Adversely Affects Educational Performance" Policy 1980-2002; Nothing Has Changed 
Stan Dublinske, ASHA. Twenty-two years later, there are still concerns about what "adversely affects educational performance" really means. It means the same in 2002 as it did in 1980!

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