All Learn: Curriculum-based High-Leverage Supports, Strategies, & Tools – Part 1 (On-Demand)

All Learn: Curriculum-based High-Leverage Supports, Strategies, & Tools – Part 1 (On-Demand)


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Recorded: November 2, 2021

Length: 90-Minutes

Do you have a child or student(s) who require significant supports, intensive instruction, modified materials and curriculum, delivered through accessible and engaged participation with technology, tools, and of course, inclusive practices? For students with high needs who have visual, physical, social, intellectual and/or Complex Communication Needs(CCN), the classroom setting has had a multitude of barriers from learning.

During this 3 part webinar, we will share strategies and planning for specially designed instruction through the use of accessible educational materials, assistive technology, and modified curriculum. Examples of tools and strategies will be delivered through video and print case studies. Mere participation is not enough for students with high needs; engaged, excited and scaffolded learning experience daily is a must.

During this 1st webinar, Donna and Kelly will discuss Science of Brain Development and opportunities provided by switching up terminology used around students with high needs. They will describe specially designed planning processes that position barriers as opportunities to learning, integration and increased participation. Participants will have the option to complete one of these planning processes to receive feedback from the presenters.

As a result of this activity, participants will be able to:

Utilize at least three different creation tools to make accessible lessons.

  • Discuss the opportunities opened by changing the narrative and terminology of student descriptions.

  • Describe the needs of their own child or a student on their caseload via Specially Designed Planning Processes for Students with High Needs.


Kelly Fonner, self-employed consultant and trainer in assistive and educational technology. Since 1986, she has presented to schools, universities & families in 48 US states & internationally in Australia, Canada and South Africa. She presents on a wide range of topics including technology integration, augmentative communication, computer access, literacy, electronic writing, organizers, assistive technology assessment and implementation strategies.

Donna McNear, M.A., COMS, is an independent educational consultant specializing in services and supports to children with visual impairments. She provides on-going technical assistance and training to educational agencies, organizations, and families nationally and internationally. She is an author, researcher, and frequent presenter at workshops/conferences. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Council for Exceptional Children.