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Considerations for Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings

Course Coordinator:

Melanie Hobbs

About the course

Students with disabilities must be challenged to excel within the general curriculum and be prepared for success in their post-school lives, including college and/or careers. This module provides a historic perspective on the identification of high-incidence disabilities, the use of evidence-based strategies focused on students’ strengths and removing barriers to rigorous curriculum through the Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Participants will use the case-study method to develop appropriate accommodations and modifications to support student access to grade-level academic content.

Course Objectives:
• Identify districtwide supports needed to ensure equal access to standards-based instruction for students with disabilities (SWDs) in inclusive settings.
• Examine characteristics and appropriate scaffolds for students with disabilities taught in inclusive classrooms.
• Recognize the difference between an accommodation and a modification when instructing SWDs.
• Use Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a framework for implementing a range of evidence-based strategies, appropriate accommodations and assistive technologies to include students with disabilities in standards-based instruction.

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