Twice Exceptional

Definition:
Twice-exceptional students are those students who are identified as gifted and talented in one or more areas of exceptionality (specific academics, general intellectual ability, creativity, leadership, visual or performing arts);
AND ALSO identified with:
A disability defined by Federal/State eligibility criteria: specific emotional learning disability, significant identifiable disability, physical disabilities, sensory disabilities, autism, or ADHD. The disability qualifies the student for an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan.

Identification and Programming:
Gifted educators, special educators, and classroom teachers collaborate with parents and students to identify, plan for and meet the unique and diverse academic and social emotional needs of twice-exceptional learners. Because hidden disabilities may prevent students with advanced cognitive abilities from achieving their potential, it is essential that disabilities are identified early so appropriate interventions can be provided at optimum times. Early identification and intervention provides an opportunity to create and implement a framework of supports.

Please see the DCSD Special Education page for more information