The Expanded Core Curriculum is comprised of the skills that individuals who are blind or visually impaired will need to master in order to have success in the educational environment and in the world beyond. For students who are sighted, many of these skills are learned incidentally though the use of their vision, however this is often not the case for students who are visually impaired. This situation therefore presents a need for the deliberate and systematic instruction of these particular skills. This curriculum is to be taught in addition to the regular program of studies and includes nine different content areas.
The Essential Components of Educational Programming for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired is intended for classroom teachers, resource personnel, administrators and parents. It is one of a series of documents developed to facilitate programming for students in grades 1 to 12 who have special education needs. The ten essential components listed in this document are contained in the Standards for Special Education, Amended June 2004 and are therefore mandated by Alberta Education. Each component is considered essential to the provision of a comprehensive program. Click on the above link for the full text of the document. Each of the content areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum are outlined in Appendix A of this document.
The content areas are as follows: