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.


State Laws and Regulations

The rule referenced below is specific to E/BD. Please refer to Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules - Hyperlinked Index (PDF) 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
  • 6A-6.03312, F.A.C., Discipline Procedures for Students with Disabilities.

  • 1003.573, F.S., Use of restraint and seclusion on students with disabilities

Department of Education Resources



National Resources