Intellectual Disability & Cognitive Impairment Eligibility Definition
For TAPESTRY Admissions Requirement - updated Summer 2013
CHANGES TO THE DEFINITION OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY IN THE HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY ACT (October, 2010)
Rosa’s Law changed the definition of intellectual disabilities in HEOA as follows: Higher Education Act of 1965- Section 760(2)(A) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1140(2)(A)) is amended by striking `mental retardation or'.
Definition now reads: A student—
(A) With a cognitive impairment, characterized by significant limitations in—(i) intellectual and cognitive functioning; and (ii) adaptive behavior as expressed in conceptual, social, and practical adaptive skills; and
(B) Who is currently, or was formerly, eligible for a free appropriate public education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Organizations you are already working with may have documentation of a youth's intellectual, cognitive and adaptive functioning. You may request copies of diagnoses from organizations that work with your youth, please note this list is not all inclusive:
If you know a student who you believe would be a good fit for this program, but are unsure if they fall under these eligibility guidelines please give us a call and we can assist you.Marg Halloran
Student Services Coordinator