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Multiple Disabilities
What are multiple disabilities?
Multiple disabilities are impairments that happen at the same time or in connection with another and in which the combination causes such severe educational needs that the child cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for one of the impairments. Examples of multiple disabilities include mental retardation combined with blindness or mental retardation alongside an orthopedic impairment. The term does not include deaf/blindness.

[+] Read about the specific criteria used to determine eligibility in the educational category of multiple disabilities.

Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education – Criteria for Eligibility in the Educational Category of Multiple Disabilities

A child is determined to have multiple disabilities when:
  1. Concomitant impairments occur
  2. The impairments together cause severe educational needs
[+] Books, journals and other publications on multiple disabilities

The SSD Family & Community Resource Center (FCRC) offers books, videos and other resources on multiple disabilities (PDF). Materials may be sent home through school mail to families whose children receive SSD services. Others may come into the FCRC to check out materials.
[+] Other local, state and national resources related to multiple disabilities

Local Resources
Adapt-Ability Inc.
www.adapt-ability.org

Bridges Community Support Services
www.bridgescss.com

Children's Home Society of Missouri
www.chsmo.org

Life Bridge Partnership
www.lifebridgestl.org

Paraquad
www.paraquad.org

Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis
www.recreationcouncil.org

St. Louis Arc
www.slarc.org

St. Louis Regional Office
dmh.mo.gov/dd/facilities

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP Heartland)
www.ucpheartland.org

State Resources
Missouri Assistive Technology
www.at.mo.gov

National Resources
National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
www.naric.com

The Arc
www.thearc.org

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
www.rarediseases.org

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