Division on Visual Impairments


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There is minimal research on teaching mathematics to students with moderate and severe disabilities and an even smaller amount of research involving mathematical practices for serving students with visual impairments and additional disabilities (Cortade, Test, & Cook, 2015). This is unfortunate because mathematics is crucial for this population of students in order to perform daily tasks and to be contributing members of society (Jitendra, George, Sheetal, & Price, 2010). Students with multiple disabilities typically exhibit slower rates of communication and cognitive development, which makes it difficult for them to reach grade-level standards in mathematics. Additionally, teachers of students with multiple disabilities, including visual impairments, often may not know how to provide quality instruction in mathematics in order to address the required standards. Evidence-based interventions that have been effective in the area of mathematics for students with multiple disabilities, including visual Using Adapted Materials in Mathematics for Students with Visual Impairments and Additional Disabilities Dr. Nicole Johnson, njohnson@kutztown.edu & Dr. Anne Brawand, brawand@kutztown.edu Kutztown University 60

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