Developmental Disabilities

A developmental disability is a disability attributed to mental retardation*, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or other neurological handicapping condition closely related to mental retardation and requiring treatment similar to that required by individuals with mental retardation* if the disability originated before the person attained age 18, has continued or can be expected to continue indefinitely, and constitutes a substantial handicap to the person.*
-Montana State Law  (*Though the state definition uses the term “mental retardation”, a more commonly accepted term is “intellectual disabilities”)

Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. According to the Montana Office of Public Instruction and the United Census Bureau, approximately 1,954 Montana children ages 3 to 5 and 8,416 Montana children ages 6 to 17 experience disability.

Categories for Special Education and Individual Education Plans

The following is a combined list of 13 disability categories. For the purpose of this website we have combined blindness with visual impairment and deafness with hearing impairment. Please choose from the list of disability categories below for more information and resources. 

Your Child's Individual Education Plan (IEP)

A Montana Student's Guide to an I.E.P.- Montana Youth Transitions 

Developing Your Child's IEP- Parent Center Hub

Guide to Accredited Online Schools - provides a comprehensive introduction to an online education for grades elementary to graduate school. The site features to guides help you find the right program for your needs. Online schools explores the factors motivating millions of students to enroll in online courses, walks you through criteria to consider before enrolling, and offers tips to help you get started. 

IEP Best Practice Guide- Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization