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Multiple Disabilities (Links updated April 2019) (Center for Parent Information & Resources, CPIR)


The term multiple disabilities is general and broad. From the term, you can’t tell:

  • how many disabilities a child has;
  • which disabilities are involved; or
  • how severe each disability is.

Many combinations of disabilities are possible. For example, one child with multiple disabilities may have an intellectual disability and deafness. Another child may have cerebral palsy and autism.


Curriculum/Instructional Methods Disability Characteristics Early Intervention Elementary Federal Laws High School Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Middle School Multiple Disabilities Parent/Family Preschool