[blindkid] Expanded Core Curriculum Feedback

Carol Castellano carol_castellano at verizon.net
Fri May 11 17:13:55 UTC 2012

Hi Cristine,

Going out on a limb here...but I think there are basic problems with 
the ECC, the main one of which is why does the field think that 
teachers should be the ones responsible for teaching IL skills, 
rather than parents?  Instead of putting IL goals in the IEP, I'd 
like to see parents being trained in the IL areas so that we can be 
the ones to teach these skills to our children, as we do with our 
other children, follow up with the practice, and oversee the 
development of the skills.  I think training the parent would be a 
much better role for the TVI in terms of IL skills.  I'm afraid the 
ECC's take on this is more of the "it's so hard to raise a blind 
kid--only a professional can do it" point of view and I don't like it!


Carol Castellano
President, Parents of Blind Children-NJ
Director of Programs
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
carol_castellano at verizon.net

At 08:18 AM 5/11/2012, you wrote:
>Hello Everyone:
>I am having a struggle with ECC goals that are meaningful and  specific.  I
>have asked my team to evaluate his current strengths as it  relates to
>these goals.   Does anyone know of any specific resources  of IEP sample
>statements for ECC for a 5th grader?  The real struggle  is in the self-help,
>independent and self advocacy area.  No one seems to  want to touch 
>teaching him
>home skills (other than four to five tasks a year -  like opening a jar).
>Thanks for your input,
>Christine  Duffley
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