Supplementary & Functional Curriculum: Selection & Implementation

Supplementary & Functional Curriculum: Selection & Implementation
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  • 0:03 Special Education
  • 0:52 Supplementary Curriculum
  • 2:19 Functional Curriculum
  • 2:48 Selecting &…
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Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Students with disabilities may benefit from adaptations to the traditional curricula. This lesson will discuss the selection and implementation of supplementary and functional curriculum in special education.

Special Education

Collin is a sixth-grade student with a disability, a physical or mental issue that impairs normal and regular functioning. Due to Collin's disability, he qualifies for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990 (IDEA). This law mandates that students with disabilities are entitled to a free and appropriate education designed to meet their unique needs.

IDEA is an updated version of the original Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 (EHA), which set the bar for meeting the educational needs of disabled students. Curricula must be adapted for special needs students to make it equally accessible to them. These adaptations may require supplementary and functional curricula. Let's take a closer look at what these are.

Supplementary Curriculum

Let's revisit our student, Collin. His disability severely limits his intellectual functioning. Despite being in sixth-grade, Collin completes simple assignments that are usually found in a kindergarten classroom. Collin's disability makes it unlikely that he will ever reach the level of cognitive functioning that we would expect to see in an adult.

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