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Multiple Disabilities (MD)

Multiple Disabilities (MD) 2021-10-06T13:26:14-06:00

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Multiple disabilities means concomitant impairments (such as intellectual disability and blindness or intellectual disability and orthopedic 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 deaf-blindness. (34 CFR Sec. 300.8(c)(7)) Children eligible for special education and related services under the category of multiple disabilities (MD) must meet the eligibility criteria in two or more Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) categories. This eligibility category is characterized by the need for extensive and/or pervasive intensities of educational supports and, as such, is an extremely low-incidence category. It involves complex, inseparable interactions between two or more disabilities and it is neither possible nor appropriate to designate the disabilities within this category as primary and secondary.


Association of University Centers for Excellence (AUCD)

Hands and Voices

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Arc of New Mexico
Toll free: 800-358-6493

The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps (TASH)

The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
Toll free: 800-346-2742

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)
Toll free: 800-872-5827

Page last updated October 6, 2021