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U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

Multiple disabilities (Sec. 300.8(c)(7))

Comment: One commenter asked why the category of multiple disabilities is included in the regulations when it is not in the Act.

Discussion: The definition of multiple disabilities has been in the regulations since 1977 and does not expand eligibility beyond what is provided for in the Act. The definition helps ensure that children with more than one disability are not counted more than once for the annual report of children served because States do not have to decide among two or more disability categories in which to count a child with multiple disabilities.

Changes: None.