Two Students Working at a Table

Students at Gotha Middle read the News-2-You paper.

The Curriculum for Students with a Significant Cognitive Disability is the Florida Standards Access Points for ELA and Math and the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards Access Points (NGSSS) for Science and Social Studies

K-12 ELA and Mathematics Access Points can either be found on the FLDOE CPALMS website or on the Access Weebly.

Click on the links below to view documents that will help walk you through the process of locating Access Courses and resources on the Access Weebly and CPALMS and to see a schema of the Access Resources that are available to teachers:

Guide to Resources on the Access Weebly and CPALMS
Access Resource Schema

What about Life Work, Independent Functioning, Social/Emotional Behavior and Communication?

Even though the ELA, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies Access Points have replaced the Sunshine State Standards for Special Diploma in the area of Functional Academics and Problem Solving, teachers should still be teaching the domains of: Life Work, Independent Functioning, Social/Emotional Behavior and Communication until access points are written for these areas.

Disability History and Awareness

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"Reaffirmation of the local, state and federal commitment to the full inclusion in society of, and the equal opportunity for, all individuals with disabilities."

Section 1003.425(1)(3)(c), Florida Statutes

Disability History and Awareness Resource Guide

Cognitive Disabilities Home Page

Free Resources

Boardmaker Activity Share

FLDOE website with resources to use with the NGSSS Access Points.


FCRR Activities
Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) materials that are immediately useful in implementing independent student center activities.

Parent Resources
Resources for parents of students with cognitive disabilities.


Priory Woods School
This website has numerous activity ideas and free downloads of computer games and stories.

Other Resources

MEville to WEville and EQUALS Math

Attainment Company
ELSB, Teaching Standards Math and Teaching Standards Science-all 3 instructional materials have been correlated to the access points

Caroline Musselwhite

Linda Burkhart

A weekly reader for students with significant disabilities.