Teacher and Student

"It's Not Magic...It's Good Teaching!"

Click here to view an instructional video about how to use principals of behavior, specifically reinforcement, to teach students the skills they need in order to be ready to participate in an assessment like Florida Alternate Assessment. The video is only 15 minutes long and includes numerous examples of great instructional opportunities for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.

Essential Elements Serving Students with a Significant Cognitive Disability in Structured Settings

The Essential Elements Checklist was revised 10/22/14. This checklist outlines the district’s expectations for educating students that are working on Florida Standards Access Points and it identifies national best practices essential to the education of students with a Significant Cognitive Disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder. For questions about the Essential Elements Checklist contact Rachelle Kmetz ([email protected]).

Teaching Students with Moderate Disabilities to Read: Insights from Research (60 pages, 824 KB)

Interesting Reading

Grace in the Ordinary A greatblog written by a parent about her son with Down Syndrome and his interest in Macbeth.

The Green Anole Exemplifies how a teacher got through to a student by teaching the curriculum in spite of his disabilities.

NEW: ACCESS Resource Schema

 Access Project Resources linked to the Access Weebly

Quick Links:

OCPS Assistive Technology Team

OCPS Autism Website

OCPS Behavior Support

OCPS Cognitive Disabilities Home Page 

FLDOE Conceptual Models

A description from the FLDOE CLASP Project that explains what Language Arts, Mathematics and Science instruction should look like for students with a significant cognitive disability:

Conceptual Model for Language Arts

Conceptual Model for Mathematics

Conceptual Model for Science