Multiple Disabilities - Definition
People with severe disabilities are those who traditionally
have been labelled as having severe to profound mental retardation. These
people require ongoing, extensive support in more than one major life
activity in order to participate in integrated community settings and
enjoy the quality of life available to people with fewer or no disabilities.
They frequently have additional disabilities, including movement difficulties,
sensory losses, and behavior problems.
In the 1998-99 school year, the states reported to the U.S. Department
of Education that they were providing services to 107,591 students with
multiple disabilities (Twenty-Second Annual Report to Congress, 2000).
Adapted from information
published by the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities