MULTIPLE DISABILITIES  
 
Authorities:  34 C.F.R. Part 300; 19 T.A.C. Chapter 89
 
 
 
FEDERAL AND STATE REQUIREMENTS CITATIONS

D
The child must be assessed in all areas of suspected disability. 300.304(c)(4)


P
The local educational agency must comply with EVALUATION PROCEDURES.


P
In Texas, the group of qualified professionals that determines whether the child is a child with a disability and the educational needs of the child is the child's ADMISSION, REVIEW, AND DISMISSAL COMMITTEE. 89.1040(b)
89.1050(a)(5)


EVALUATION PROCEDURES



D
The group of qualified professionals that collects or reviews evaluation data in connection with the determination of the child's eligibility based on a multiple disabilities impairment must include the members required in two or more of the applicable specific eligibility frameworks.


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA



D
Multiple disabilities means impairments occurring at the same time (such as intellectual disabilities-blindness or intellectual disabilities-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. 300.8(c)(7)


D
In meeting the criteria for multiple disabilities, a child with multiple disabilities is one who has a combination of disabilities and who meets all of the following conditions: 89.1040(c)(6)(A)


P
  • The disabilities are expected to continue indefinitely; and
89.1040(c)(6)(A)(i)


P
  • The disabilities severely impair the child's performance in two or more of the following areas:
89.1040(c)(6)(A)(ii)
300.8(c)(7)


P
    • Psychomotor skills;
89.1040(c)(6)(A)(ii)(I)


P
    • Self-care skills;
89.1040(c)(6)(A)(ii)(II)


P
    • Communication;
89.1040(c)(6)(A)(ii)(III)


P
    • Social and emotional development; or
89.1040(c)(6)(A)(ii)(IV)


P
    • Cognition.
89.1040(c)(6)(A)(ii)(V)


P
A child who has more than one disability but who does not meet the criteria must not be classified or reported as having multiple disabilities. 89.1040(c)(6)(B)


D
Multiple disabilities does not include deaf-blindness. 300.8(c)(7)

 
 
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 18, 2017