Instruction for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities has undergone significant shifts in the past decade. It is realized now that these students need the opportunity to learn academic skills as well as life skills. With this realization has come a wide range of academic instructional strategies for students with significant cognitive disabilities to support them in accessing the general education curriculum. In addition, new curricular materials are being developed to be consistent with the principles of Universal Design for Learning and are appropriate for use in the inclusive education classroom by all students.

Among the critical aspects of instruction for students with significant cognitive disabilities is ensuring that they have the communicative supports to develop their communication skills. Students with communication challenges are less likely to be included in classrooms with general education students because of their lack of expressive and receptive communication skills and support. Thus, the creation of professional development to support communication instruction is critical.

Materials for Educators

The materials hosted here provide resources for educators. This includes instructional materials, information about communicative supports, and professional development materials.