Mike: Severely disabled students who are cognitively from 6 months to 2 years old have been placed in my middle school computer classroom for “mainstreaming.” Many are more like 6 months to 1 year old, cognitively. Most do not speak. Some do not move. They don’t read or write. They cannot type.
I have been told I can basically ignore the legal curriculum and base their “modified”grades in computers strictly on IEP goals, such as “student attempts task, remains calm during instructions, directs gaze.” In other words, they don’t have to do anything on the computer.
The district special ed department tells me that the state of California would consider this a “modification” of the computer curriculum, even though they are throwing out the curriculum (Microsoft Excel, typing, etc.) completely. They directed me to the following website for proof that this is legal:
What should I do?