Multiple Disabilities Support (MDS)

IDEA defines MD as multiple disabilities, such as intellectual disability plus orthopedic impairment, or intellectual disability plus emotional disturbance, or intellectual disability plus other disabilities.  In Philadelphia, students placed in multiple disabilities support program do have multiple significant disabilities that include moderate to severe and profound intellectual disability. Low Incidence Special Education Programs are designated educational programs for students who are determined to require Life Skills Support or Multiple Disabilities Support. These programs are named Low Incidence because there is a lower prevalence of their occurrence in general education population. Students in the Low Incidence Special Education Programs are included in the regular school buildings, to the extent determined by the Individual Education Program (IEP) of each child, students may participate in general education programs.