Multiple Disabilities

Multiple disabilities means a combination of impairments (such as intellectual disability-blindness, intellectual disability-orthopedic impairment, etc.), which causes such severe educational needs that the person cannot be accommodated in a special education program solely designed for one of the impairments. The term does not include deaf-blindness.

Links to Your Life

A child identified as having a multiple disability has the challenge of several disabilities at once. In many cases the needs of the child cannot be met in a special education program that focuses on teaching children with a single specific impairment.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities: Severe and/or Multiple Disabilities


NISH (formerly National Industries for the Severely Handicapped)

The NISH site focuses on providing support and job training for severely handicapped individuals. Students can attend on-site classes at NISH locations or view web classes on a variety of job training opportunities.


The mission of TASH is to promote the full inclusion and participation of children and adults with significant disabilities in every aspect of their community. The TASH site includes information about advocacy events, webinars, products and informative blogs that help to connect disabled individuals.