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2e Definition

The Association for the Gifted Division of the Council for Exceptional Children (2020) agree upon the following definition for twice-exceptional.  This definition is based upon the National Community of Practice (2015) definition. This is a working definition which seeks to unify the community and act as a foundation for our collaborative work.

Twice exceptional (2e) individuals evidence exceptional ability and disability, which results in a unique set of circumstances. Their exceptional ability may dominate, hiding their disability; their disability may dominate, hiding their exceptional ability; each may mask the other so that neither is recognized nor addressed. Additionally, twice-exceptional individuals come from- and are impacted- by socio-economic, individual, and cultural diversity.

2e students, who may perform below, at or above grade level, require additional considerations in the following:  

  • Identification: Specialized methods of identification that consider the possible interaction of the exceptionalities  
  • Instruction: Enriched/advanced educational opportunities and pedagogies that develop the child's interests, gifts and talents while also meeting the child's other learning needs  
  • Support Services: Simultaneous supports that ensure the child's academic success and social-emotional well-being, such as specialized accommodations and therapeutic interventions

Working successfully with this unique population requires specialized academic training and ongoing professional development.    

Last Updated:  15 March, 2022

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