A child may be found eligible for special education and related services as a child with multiple disabilities if there is an adverse effect on the child's educational performance due to documented characteristics of multiple disabilities which are described as simultaneous impairments (Such as intellectual disability with blindness, intellectual disability with 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 (this terms does not include deaf-blindness). Children must be found eligible for special education and related services under IDEA before an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed. Children who are suspected of having a disability should be referred to their local school division for evaluation and to initiate the process for determining eligibility.
- Guidance on Evaluation and Eligibility for the Special Education Process Appendix A (Sample Forms) (Word)
- Fast Facts: Severe Disability: Why “severe disability” was removed from the 2009 state special education regulations (PDF) – State guidance to assist eligibility teams in accurately identifying students.
- Virginia Commonwealth University’s Partnership for People with Disabilities
- TTAC Online – A community linking people and resources to help children and youth with disabilities.