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· Serving Students with Special Needs since 1831 ·

Expanded Core Curriculum

The Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) meets nine universal educational needs for students with visual impairments to help them compensate for their decreased opportunities to learn incidentally by observing others. These needs include:
Compensatory Access Skills
Sensory Efficiency
Assistive Technology
Social Interaction
Career Education
Independent Living Skills
Orientation and Mobility
Recreation and Leisure
In teaching ECC skills sequentially and thoughtfully, we provide students with the opportunity to live up to their potential and strengthen their independence at school, at home, and in the future.
Our teachers, child care workers, and therapeutic recreational specialists plan and supervise a variety of activities for students, including those enrolled in our Residential Program.



Expanded Core Curriculum Resources



Activities, Ideas, and Resources for Developing ECC Skills: What Parents Need to Know

Compensatory Skills and the Expanded Core Curriculum: What Are Compensatory Skills?

What Are the Benefits of Parent/Professional Collaboration on Self-Determination Skills? David Brown’s Advice


Sensory Efficiency and the Expanded Core Curriculum - What Is Sensory Efficiency?


Assistive Technology: How Do You Decide What Tools Your Child Needs?


Social Interaction Skills and the Expanded Core Curriculum - What Are Social Interaction Skills?


Age-Appropriate Career Education and the Expanded Core Curriculum - What Is Age-Appropriate Career Education?