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Feb. 27: CDS Lunchtime Learning

ACCESS staff to discuss adapting curriculum for students with significant disabilities


1:09 p.m., Jan. 29, 2013--Students with significant intellectual disabilities require different strategies than those used by their typical-learning peers to access the academic curriculum. In inclusive classrooms, adaptation of classroom materials affords students with significant disabilities access to the general academic curriculum. 

The Adapting Curriculum and Classroom Environments for Student Success (ACCESS) project at the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies focuses on both access to the academic curriculum and inclusive environments for students with intellectual disabilities. It is designed to provide educators, families and community members with the tools they need to improve the educational outcomes of students with significant intellectual disabilities.

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ACCESS is conducted in conjunction with the Delaware Department of Education.

At the next Center for Disabilities Studies Lunchtime Learning session, ACCESS staff members Julie Bowers, Judi MacBride, Stephanie DeMayo and Esley Newton will present “Common Core and State Standards: What They Mean for Students with Significant Disabilities.”

They will provide an overview of how the project is adapting and implementing Common Core and State Standards for students with significant disabilities. They will also review curriculum materials and other resources they have adapted for use by Delaware teachers.

The session will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from noon-1 p.m. at the Center for Disabilities Studies, 461 Wyoming Road, Newark. The session is free of charge and open to the public. Contact Katie Hoffman at or 302-831-3632 to register. Please reply by Feb. 20 if you need an accommodation.

Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch. Water and snacks will be provided. Plan to arrive before noon so the program can start on time.

About the Center for Disabilities Studies

The Center for Disabilities Studies in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Delaware supports the well-being, inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities and their families. 

The mission of the center is to enhance the lives of individuals and families through education, prevention, service and research related to disabilities. CDS promotes independence and productivity so individuals and families can fully participate in the life of their communities in Delaware and beyond. For further information, visit the center’s website or call 302-831-6974.

Visit this website for more information about the ACCESS project.

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