Severe and Multiple Disabilities

  • People with severe disabilities are those who traditionally have been labeled as having severe to profound mental retardation.
  • These disabilities do not appear very frequently, but they do require extensive support in more than one major life activity.
  • Less than 1% of all students served under IDEA fall into this category.
  • Disabilities of this nature include
    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Combination of Deaf/Blindness
  • Characters of this disability include
    • Limited speech or communication
    • Difficulty in basic physical mobility
    • Tendency to forget skills through disuse
    • Trouble generalizing skills from one situation to the next
    • Major support in life activities