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Criteria for Determining Disability in Speech-Language Disorders

By Department of Health and Human Services

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Book Id: WPLBN0000017203
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Criteria for Determining Disability in Speech-Language Disorders  
Author: Department of Health and Human Services
Language: English
Subject: Health., Medical research, Medical reports
Collections: Medical Library Collection
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Publisher: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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Health And Human Services, D. O. (n.d.). Criteria for Determining Disability in Speech-Language Disorders. Retrieved from

Overview: Approximately 42 million people (1 in 6) in the United States have some type of communication disorder. Of these, 28 million have communication disorders associated with hearing loss, and 14 million have disorders of speech, voice, and/or language not associated with hearing loss. The personal and societal costs of these disorders are high. On a personal level, such disorders may affect nearly every aspect of daily life. Estimates of annual societal costs in the United States range from $30 billion to $154 billion in lost productivity, special education, and medical costs. Over the last several decades, researchers and clinicians have developed a vast array of assessment instruments for speech, voice, and language; one source reviewing commercially available assessment instruments includes more than 140 tools in its most recent edition. Important clinical decisions follow from the assessment of a person with a communication disorder. These clinical decisions affect an individual’s access to services and funding (e.g., eligibility for special education services, third-party payer coverage of treatment, and Social Security disability income).

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