Arts and Students with Disabilities
Online Resource Compendium
The Office of Arts and Special Projects developed the Arts and Students with Disabilities Online Resource Compendium as a support for general education arts teachers who are also teaching students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms. To develop these resources, we asked a diverse group of educators, administrators and cultural partners, with and without disabilities, to partake in the writing and curating of these documents.
Each team vetted the materials in order to provide useful and comprehensive resources. The information presented in these resources does not attempt to address the various theories or the historical, cultural, or political complexities of educating students with disabilities. Instead, its purpose is to provide arts teachers with practical tools that can immediately be utilized in the classroom to provide high standards and rigorous arts education to all students. As with other areas of teacher development, we encourage educators to seek out additional training specific to educating students with disabilties.
When using these resources, the Office of Arts and Special Projects suggests starting with the Top 10 List, which provides a general overview of educating students with disabilities.
Additionally, each content area has its own resources with Danielson-aligned topics: Demonstrating Knowledge of Students, Planning and Preparation, The Classroom Environment, and Professional Responsibilities. The Arts and Students with Disabilities Online Resource Compendium is purposefully presented in a way that allows educators to target their area of need and find immediately relevant resources. The Office of Arts and Special Projects hopes that educators will find these resources, along with the Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts, beneficial and relevant to their current teaching practice.