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Multiple Disabilities
What are multiple disabilities?
Multiple disabilities means concomitant impairments (such as intellectual disability-blindness, intellectual disability-orthopedic impairment, etc.), the combination of which causes such severe educational needs that they cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for one of the impairments. 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 student displays multiple disabilities when:
  1. Concomitant impairments occur, and
  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.

Bridges Community Support Services

Family Forward

Life Bridge Partnership


Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis

St. Louis Arc

St. Louis Regional Office

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP Heartland)

State Resources
Missouri Assistive Technology

National Resources
National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)

The Arc

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)

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