A "twice-exceptional learner" is a child or youth who performs at — or shows the potential for performing at — a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who:

  • exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;

  • possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or

  • excels in a specific academic field (TEC 29.121).

...and who also gives evidence of one or more disabilities as defined by federal or state eligibility (IDEA, 2004) (300.8) (Section 504) criteria such as:

  • learning disabilities;

  • speech and language disorders;

  • emotional/behavioral disorders;

  • physical disabilities;

  • traumatic brain injury;

  • autism spectrum disorder; or

  • other health impairments such as ADHD.

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