“Multiple Disabilities" means a combination of two or more disabilities as defined in clause (i) of section 2 of the Person with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995.

A cross- categorization of disabilities that requires significant physical, sensory, intellectual, and/or social-interpersonal performance differences. Children with multiple disabilities will have a mixture of various disabilities that may include: speech, physical mobility, learning, mental retardation, visual, hearing, brain injury and perhaps others. Beside multiple disabilities, they will also exhibit sensory losses and behavior and or social problems.

Physical mobility will often be an area of need. These students may struggle attaining and remembering skills and or transferring these skills from one situation to another.

There are often medical implications with some of the more severe multiple disabilities which could include students with cerebral palsy and severe autism and brain injuries.


Multiple disabilities demonstrate a wide range of characteristics, depending on the combination and severity of disabilities, and the age. There are, however, some traits they may share, including:

  • Limited speech or communication;
  • Difficulty in basic physical mobility;
  • Tendency to forget skills through disuse;

Trouble generalizing skills from one situation to another; and/or have a need for support in major life activities (e.g., domestic, leisure, community use, vocational).