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session will be in a lecture/discussion format that encourages the exchange of
ideas between all participants. The overall goals are for the attendees to identify
national health (Shape, 2007) and sexual health standards (FoSe, 2021) and
discover creative ways to embed instruction of any Expanded Core Curriculum
(ECC) area while also linking to core curriculum standards. The topical
foundation for the presentation is Health Education for Students with Visual
Impairments: A guidebook for teachers (Wild et al., 2019). We know that the ECC
has been acknowledged as best practice in the education of students who are
blind or visually impaired (Hatlen, 1996, Sapp & Hatlen 2010). However, due
to the pressures to prepare our student to meet standards dictated by a culture
of standardized tests, we often forget the importance of health (diet,
nutrition), personal safety (disease, emergency preparedness, medical care) and
that our students will grow into young adults and adults who will want to have
healthy adult relationships (sexual health). All of which are essential for our
students’ overall quality of life (Botsford, 2014) and adds to their successful
integration and navigation of society. The presentation will highlight the
standards which vision professionals can use to justify instruction in the
above-mentioned areas. The presenters will provide educational or instructional
opportunity scenarios which will provide for interaction across attendees and
allow for group brainstorming and creative thinking processes. The attendees
should take away ideas on how to write SMART goals that connect to health or
sexual health standards, their state's educational standards, and to the ECC.
At the end of this session, participants will…
1.Name at least two areas of National Health and Sexuality Standards related to health education.
2. Identify resources to write appropriate SMART IEP goals that inform well-rounded instruction in health.
3. Make connections to offer instruction across multiple ECC areas when teaching topics related to health.
This session was presented on October 28, 2022, by Erika Fundelius and Manda Nordes