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Accessing Modified General Education Curriculum For Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder

This paper encourages the development of a modified general education curriculum for students with severe Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by detailing the absence of and teacher demand for a curriculum for this rapidly expanding population of students. Key research includes documenting the multitude of federal mandates that the public school system implements equal access to education for student with disabilities, like ASD. A study by Soukup et al., (2007) that demonstrated the majority of school districts lack a defined policy on how to educate, and with what curriculum for students with disabilities. These findings are important in a climate where many teachers report they feel inadequate to meet the educational needs for these students when included in a general education classroom. This project provides an example of a general education curriculum unit modified to meet the needs for students with severe ASD that teachers could utilize during instruction. It is designed to address the instructional needs, IEP goal skills, and promote inclusion for students with ASD. While it provides a preliminary example of aligning California Common Core Standards to curriculum for students with specific learning needs, additional research will be needed to develop a complete curriculum that meets the needs of these students.

This paper encourages the development of a modified general education curriculum for students with severe Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by detailing the absence of and teacher demand for a curriculum for this rapidly expanding population of students. Key research includes documenting the multitude of federal mandates that the public school system implements equal access to education for student with disabilities, like ASD. A study by Soukup et al., (2007) that demonstrated the majority of school districts lack a defined policy on how to educate, and with what curriculum for students with disabilities. These findings are important in a climate where many teachers report they feel inadequate to meet the educational needs for these students when included in a general education classroom. This project provides an example of a general education curriculum unit modified to meet the needs for students with severe ASD that teachers could utilize during instruction. It is designed to address the instructional needs, IEP goal skills, and promote inclusion for students with ASD. While it provides a preliminary example of aligning California Common Core Standards to curriculum for students with specific learning needs, additional research will be needed to develop a complete curriculum that meets the needs of these students.

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