The U.S. Department of Education is getting the word out that schools have an obligation to twice exceptional students.
Even if they are gifted, students with disabilities are entitled to receive special education services. These students are known as “twice exceptional”; they are intellectually gifted and have a disability.
“We continue to receive letters from those who work with children with disabilities with high cognition, particularly those with emotional disturbance or mental illness, expressing concern that some (school districts) are hesitant to conduct initial evaluations to determine eligibility for special education and related services for children with high cognition,” wrote Melody Musgrove, director of the Office of Special Education Programs at the Education Department.
If students have a qualifying disability, and need special education because of that disability, they qualify for services under IDEA. Regardless of their cognitive skills, children with a disability should be evaluated.