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Emotional/Behavioral Disability (E/BD)


A student with an emotional/behavioral disability has persistent (is not sufficiently responsive to implemented evidence based interventions) and consistent emotional or behavioral responses that adversely affect performance in the educational environment that cannot be attributed to age, culture, gender, or ethnicity.

The corresponding definition is found in State Board of Education Rule 6A-6.03016, F.A.C.


  • Program Specialist: Anne Bozik,
  • E/BD District Contacts

State Laws and Regulations

The rule referenced below is specific to E/BD. Please refer to Volume I-B: Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules, Excerpts Related to Exceptional Student Education (PDF, 4MB) for a complete listing of laws and regulations applicable to exceptional student education.
  • 6A-6.03016, F.A.C.: Exceptional Student Education Eligibility for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities

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