Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the Art Room

Build inclusion and increase engagement for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the art room.

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According to CDC statistics, approximately one in six children in the U.S. have one or more developmental disabilities or other developmental delays. This course will help art teachers analyze learning and classroom barriers for students with moderate to severe intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs), then design strategies for creating meaningful and authentic artmaking experiences connected to students’ interests, strengths, and abilities. Participants will investigate ways to enhance the learning experience for students with IDDs as they build their own personal and professional toolkit for inclusive practices.

See the course syllabus and Graduate Catalog for more details.

Suggested Course Sequence

  1. SPED557: Art and Diverse Learners
  2. SPED559: Adapting the Art Room
  3. SPED561: Classroom Management Strategies for Diverse Learners
  4. SPED563: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the Art Room

Required Materials

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video input and output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • A Google Drive account (provided)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)

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