Multiple Disabilities Program

Multiple Disabilities Program

Clermont County ESC maintains several classrooms throughout the region designed to serve students who have multiple disabilities. These students are defined by The Individual with Disabilities Education Act as having concomitant impairments (such as mental retardation-blindness, mental retardation-orthopedic impairment, etc.), the combination of which causes such severe educational needs that they cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for one of the impairments. The term does not include deaf-blindness. Students included in the MD classrooms must be identified as needing special education, have a current IEP and ETR, and qualify under the definition of Multiple Disabilities.

Students in the MD program typically require instruction in the areas of academic, functional, social and vocational skills required for independence at school and home.  For eligible students, related services such as speech/language therapy, occupational therapy,  physical therapy and mobility training are provided and embedded within the program.  When appropriate, students attend classes with typical peers in the general education setting, usually with adult support and modified or adapted curriculum. At the age of 14, the student’s IEP goals begin to incorporate specific skills meant to facilitate the transition from school age to adult living  in preparation for community based employment or further educational opportunities.

Education planning and delivery is team based, with collaboration between the intervention specialist, related service providers, and general education teachers, along with the student and his/her parents. Each student’s skills, interests, and needs are considered when creating an individualized program designed to further development and optimize success.

For further information, contact Dawn Betts at betts_d@ccesc.org or (513) 735-8300.