Multiple Disabilities

SESA Multiple Disabilities Specialists work closely with school-based teams and other professionals to help develop and implement educational programs for students with moderate to severe multiple disabilities. Student programs are individualized to meet a student’s specific needs based on best practices, present level of performance, and student goals.  Specialists work with the team to create materials, develop activities, implement strategies and foster independence. Following a site visit, the team receives a report of the events from that visit, progress toward previous recommendations, current recommendations, and steps or strategies for specific tasks for staff to reference.  Specialists are available to provide both on-site and distance support (Skype, Zoom, etc.).

The Multiple Disabilities Program serves students in the following state disability categories: (For the specific requirements of each, view the Evaluation and Eligibility Section of the State Special Education Handbook.)

  • Moderate or Severe Cognitive Impairment
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Preschool Developmental Delay
An adolescent boy walks in an empty school hallway.
A young girl stands while holding on to a bar. A man behind her supports her while also holding on to the bar.
An adolescent boy wearing glasses smiles at the camera.
A young girl is walking while holding onto a walker. A man who is standing to the side helps to steer the walker by holding onto a handle.

Assistance to districts in the rural and remote portions of the state is provided both on and off site. For example:

Professional Development/Staff Training (On-Site or Distance Delivery)

  • Functional and Age Appropriate Curriculum
  • Inclusionary Strategies
  • Positive Behavior Supports
  • Community Based Instruction
  • Integrating Related Services
  • Transition Planning
  • Parental Involvement
  • Use of Assistive Technology Tools

Instructional Programming Support (On-Site or Distance Delivery)

  • Development and Implementation of Instructional Programming
  • Conducting Ecological Inventories
  • Identifying and Modeling Instructional Strategies
  • Selecting Instructional Materials
  • Networking Interagency & Community Support
  • Suggesting Materials from SESA Lending Library
  • Selecting and Using Appropriate Assistive Technology Tools
A young girl stands with support from an adult woman, who is behind her. The girl is reaching for an object on a table.
An adolescent boy with dark hair sits in a pool across from a woman with glasses. The boy has his hands up by his face and the woman is reaching out to the adolescent boy.
An adolescent boy sits at a table with headphones on in front of laptop computer listening to an audio book.
A young girl looks at and touches a communication device.