Focus areas right now include...
- Exploring with primary classroom teachers Daily Five and CAFE as a possible inclusive literacy structure. This is exciting as we are talking about inclusion from a design perspective rather than from a retrofitting approach. How can we set things up right from the get-go to ensure that all students are learning at an appropriate level... including students with significant disabilities. The other area we will step in to with this project is exploring assessment for all students - again, including those with significant disabilities.
- Exploring iPads and personal computers to increase communication opportunities and to increase academic participation. We are planning to further explore curriculum connections we can make with communication apps and a variety of software including Read and Write Gold, CoWriter, Dragon Dictation, Clicker and Classroom Suite. We are also just looking to use these devises as sources for visuals to modify assignments that the other students are given.
- Starting to create a Comprehensive Literacy Course at the High School Level that incorporates both Literacy and AAC concepts and skills. Developing this course is going to take some time and it will need to be flexible enough to meet each student's needs. At this point I'm imagining this as a course that students would take as part of their schedule some day.
- Creating a "Community Connections" approach for Community Based Programming. This is instead of something like work experience in that we would be focusing on finding connections in the community rather than building independent work skills. The ideal would be that one of those connections would lead to possibilities around an assisted work placements but the focus is to extend the approach of looking for and nurturing social connections in the school setting to doing the same in the community as these students get older.
- The across the board focus areas that we will continue to work on include facilitating social opportunities and relationships, increasing independence in routines through the use of appropriate and only-as-special-as-necessary supports and increasing awareness about disability.