Common Disabilities and Behaviors

List of common disabilities under the IDEA and associated behaviors.

Community advocates (case managers, foster parents, CASAs, and other non-attorney advocates) use this chart when advocating for children with disabilities protected under federal law. The chart, developed in partnership with medical residents from Emory University, outlines common disabilities that may result in behavior issues and their associated symptoms and behaviors. Advocates will most often use this chart when arguing in an MDR that a child’s behavior was a manifestation of their disability.