Developmental Cognitive Disabilities

Developmental Cognitive Disability (DCD) is defined as a condition that results in intellectual functioning significantly below average and is associated with concurrent deficits in adaptive behavior that require special education and related services.

Access resources addressing the needs of students with Developmental Cognitive Disabilities (DCD) including students labeled DCD Mild-Moderate and DCD Severe-Profound. For current Minnesota language regarding DCD, use the link under offsite resources to view Minnesota Rules, Chapter 3525.1333.

A 2020 public opinion poll from the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, regarding attitudes Minnesotans hold toward persons with developmental disabilities, showed improved attitudes about supporting families, school inclusion and the right to vote in the last 58 years. The published results indicate areas of positive changes as well as areas that are of ongoing concern. Use the Related offsite resources link on the right to view the results.

Person-Centered and Positive Behavior Support Practices

Person-centered practices are a way of assuring that people with disabilities have the same rights and responsibilities as other people, including having control over their lives, making their own choices and contributing to the community in a way that makes sense to the person. Read more about specific person-centered practices with training opportunities.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) implementation is a state-initiated project identified in Minnesota's Olmstead Plan as a strategy for increasing the percentage of students with disabilities receiving education in the most integrated setting. Read more information about the Minnesota Department of Education PBIS Initiative.