The Promise of New Learning Environments for Students With Disabilities

Pisha, Bart; Stahl, Skip
November 2005
Intervention in School & Clinic;Nov2005, Vol. 41 Issue 2, p67
Academic Journal
With fixed, uniform learning materials, teachers are left with the burden of individualizing instruction by providing supplementary adaptations or accommodations for students with special learning needs. Unfortunately, few teachers have either the time or expertise to adequately adapt the curriculum materials to meet the diverse needs of their students. The new view of curriculum and instruction that is a key feature of Universal Design has the potential to improve outcomes for all learners. For the first time in the history of federal special education legislation, the appropriateness of core instructional textbooks to meet the needs of students with disabilities is being addressed. This initiative creates the foundation for expanding learning alternatives to every student with a disability, and even to those students who might simply prefer to work with more flexible and supportive materials.


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