Eligibility and Dismissal Criteria including "Adverse Affect"
ASHA Practice Policy
Access to Communication Services and Supports: Concerns Regarding the Application of Restrictive "Eligibility" Policies
This technical report and position statement discusses issues around policies that often preclude children and adults from accessing needed communication services and supports.
Admission and Discharge Criteria in Speech Language Pathology: Guidelines
- eligibility for speech-language services when the student is not failing a course or grade, and reaffirms the letter issued in May 1980 that clarified when a speech or language impairment "adversely affects educational performance"
- how to handle missed sessions due to the child's absence from school, cancellation for a class or school activity such as a field trip or an assembly, or absence of the SLP due to illness or family emergencies
- the continuum of service delivery options to be considered for a student
Request for Clarification Letter to Alexa Posny [PDF]
OSEP's Response Letter of Guidance [PDF]
Examples of State Speech-Language Eligiblity Guidelines