Please read “Intellectual disability: (http://nichcy.org/disability/specific/intellectual#story) Matthew’s story.” Discuss what it means to have an intellectual disability and how this might impact Matthew’s overall education. Then, based on his interests and needs, discuss the supplementary supports and services that could be integrated into his IEP to support his success in school. Further, discuss specific ways in which interagency collaboration and community-based instruction could support Matthew in achieving his goals and dreams beyond high school. If applicable, share any personal or professional experiences you have had with working with students with an intellectual disability.
Consider the characteristics of an individual with physical disabilities. Choose one physical disability area you are interested in learning more about (e.g. spina bifida or cerebral palsy) to elaborate on. How might the characteristics of your chosen disorder affect development and learning? What accommodations could an educator make to address the needs of a student with a physical disability? What related services might support the needs of a student with this disability? What assistive technology tools or devices might provide greater access and independence for students?