Students with the following diagnosed disabilities are eligible for a K-12 scholarship through the Family Empowerment Scholarship program.

  • autism spectrum disorder, as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, published by the American Psychiatric Association; 
  • cerebral palsy, as defined in s. 393.063;  
  • Down syndrome, as defined in s. 393.063;  
  • an intellectual disability, as defined in s. 393.063;  
  • a speech impairment;  
  • a language impairment;  
  • an orthopedic impairment;  
  • another health impairment (this includes, but is not limited to, asthma, attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Tourette syndrome, diabetes, epilepsy, a heart condition, hemophilia, lead poisoning, leukemia, nephritis, rheumatic fever, sickle cell anemia, and acquired brain injury);
  • an emotional or a behavioral disability;  
  • a specific learning disability, including, but not limited to, dyslexia, dyscalculia, or developmental aphasia;  
  • Phelan-McDermid syndrome, as defined in s. 393.063;  
  • Prader-Willi syndrome, as defined in s. 393.063;  
  • spina bifida, as defined in s. 393.063;  
  • being a high-risk child, as defined in s. 393.063(23)(a);  
  • muscular dystrophy; Williams syndrome;  
  • rare diseases which affect patient populations of fewer than 200,000 individuals in the United States, as defined by the National Organization for Rare Disorders;  
  • anaphylaxis;  
  • a hearing impairment, including deafness;  
  • a visual impairment, including blindness;  
  • traumatic brain injury;  
  • hospital or homebound (term “hospital or homebound” includes a student who has a medically diagnosed physical or psychiatric condition or illness, as defined by the state board in rule, and who is confined to the home or hospital for more than 6 months); or 
  • identification as dual sensory impaired, as defined by rules of the State Board of Education and evidenced by reports from local school districts.  

“Disability” means for a 3- or 4-year-old child or for a student in kindergarten to grade 12. To receive an official determination, please contact one of Florida’s Scholarship Funding Organizations.