Department of Education

Disability and learning difficulty

Gifted students with disabilities- Dual Exceptionality

Gifted Students come in all shapes, sizes, disabilities and backgrounds

Children can be intellectually, physically, academically, creatively or artistically gifted when they also have an autism spectrum disorder, learning or physical disabilities, vision, hearing or speech impairments, traumatic brain injuries or emotional disabilities.

These students defy the notion of 'global giftedness', a phrase that denotes ability or talent in all academic areas. Children who are both gifted and disabled simply exhibit remarkable talents and strengths in one area and disabling weaknesses in others (Baum, 1990). These children are often under-identified in the gifted and talented population.

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Disability and learning difficulty

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