Intellectual Disabilities

  • 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 Golden Gate Elementary, Lake Trafford Elementary, Manatee Elementary, Palmetto Elementary, Poinciana Elementary, and Sea Gate Elementary
    Middle Schools  Golden Gate Middle, Immokalee Middle, Manatee Middle, North Naples Middle, and Oakridge Middle
    High Schools Barron Collier High, Golden Gate High, Gulf Coast High, Immokalee High, Lely High, Naples High, and Palmetto Ridge High

    Students diagnosed with significant cognitive disabilities are provided with access to the general education curriculum through the Florida Standards Access Points. 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.

    District Contact
    Dr. Joy Bonnaig, ESE Coordinator
    (239) 377-1724

    Information & Resources
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    Visit the related Florida State Board of Education Rule. Open the Word document to read the Rule.

    AAIDD (formerly AAMR): American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 
    The ARC
    Equity, Opportunity and Inclusion for People with Disabilitites (TASH) 
    Florida Standards and Access Points 
    Intellectual Disabilities - PDF
    Intellectual Disability Fact Sheet
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    Special Olympics - Collier County
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