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Collier County Public Schools provides students with significant intellectual disabilities, ages 3-21, a wide array of specialized services. Students with intellectual disabilities have significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior as expressed in conceptual, social, and practical adaptive skills. Specific intellectual deficits often exist in such areas as memory, attention, or language.
Our Modified Curriculum I, II and III classes provide individualized services based upon student needs. The curriculum includes instruction in functional academics, life skills related to independent functioning, social/emotional behavior, communication, and related services such as physical and/or occupational therapy, behavior support, nursing and specialized transportation. Functional academics refer to reading and mathematics skills that are used frequently in everyday life (e.g., reading signs or instructions, counting change, or taking measurements).
|Regionally Located Schools within Collier County with Special Classes & Staff for
Serving Students with Intellectual Disabilities
|Elementary Schools||Lake Trafford, Manatee, Palmetto, Poinciana and Sea Gate|
|Middle Schools||Golden Gate, Manatee, North Naples, and Immokalee Middle|
|High Schools||Barron Collier, Golden Gate, Gulf Coast, Immokalee, Lely, Naples, Palmetto Ridge and Immokalee High|
Students diagnosed with significant cognitive disabilities are provided with access to the general education curriculum through the access points and the Sunshine State Standards. As these students move to secondary education settings, the curriculum takes on a stronger career preparation and life skills emphasis. It is increasingly expected that adults with cognitive disabilities will work in inclusive work settings alongside typical workers with supports provided as needed.
The primary focus is to provide the necessary supports which will enable each student with significant disabilities the opportunity to receive a high school diploma and become as functionally independent as possible in school, home and in the community.
Joyce Austin, ESE Coordinator
|Information & Resources|
|American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities|
|The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps (TASH)|
|Sunshine State Standards / Access Points
Sunshine State Standards with Access Points for students with significant cognitive disabilities