Multiple Disabilities

Multiple disabilities means concomitant impairments (such as intellectual disability-blindness or intellectual disabilityorthopedic impairment), the combination of which causes such severe educational needs that they cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for one of the impairments.  Multiple disabilities does not include deafblindness.

A student with multiple disabilities is one who has been determined to meet the criteria for multiple
disabilities. In meeting the criteria, a student with multiple disabilities is one who has a combination of disabilities defined in this section and who meets all of the following conditions:

1. the student's disability is expected to continue indefinitely; and

2. the disabilities severely impair performance in two or more of the following areas:

a. psychomotor skills;

b. self-care skills;  

c. communication;

d. social and emotional development; or

e. cognition.

3. Students who have more than one of the disabilities defined in this section, but who do not meet the criteria in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph, shall not be classified or reported as having multiple disabilities.