Significant cognitive disabilities

Significant cognitive disabilities refers to a small number of students who are (1) within one or more of the existing categories of disability under the IDEA (e.g., autism, multiple disabilities, traumatic brain injury, mental retardation); and (2) whose cognitive impairments may prevent them from attaining grade-level achievement standards, even with systematic instruction.

Source: Adapted from: (

Contextual Use: The UDL AA-AAS Evaluation Tool is designed to focus on alternate assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.

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