EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
HILTON/PERKINS PROGRAM PERKINS SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND
MASSACHUSETTS – U.S.A
DEVELOPING A FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGICAL CURRICULUM FOR A PROGRAM OFCHILDREN AND YOUTH WHO ARE DEAFBLIND IN BRAZIL
MARIA APARECIDA ( NINA) CORMEDI
I – INTRODUCTION
Planning an educational curriculum for a deafblind children program is a complex taskwhen we consider different modes of communication, needs and abilities of each student. In relation to curriculum, for deafblind students we can find a lot of suggestions about activities in differentbooks, but the professional who is working with deafblind person faces the challenger every day: how to select, how to choose the best activities in accordance with the student’s and parent’s needs anddesires. The purpose of this project is to discuss how to develop a curriculum model for the deafblind program of ADefAV – Associação para Deficientes da Audio-Visão, - São Paulo, Brazil, todayassisting 90 students, but with the possibility to give assistance for 120 students in three years. So, the objective is to help the ADefAV’s professionals how to elaborate activities, how to plan the nextsteps and how to organize students groups within a functional and ecological approach. This project has a theoretical and practical part. First, we describe the philosophy about communication,functional and ecological approaches, working with the parents and transdisciplinary team development. Second, we discuss curriculum domain areas and finally how to develop the planning with parents andprofessionals. As far as the practical part is concerned we add models on planning individual and group
activities, learning styles as well as a communication maps and model of ADefAV’s Bulletin. Inaddition, another objective is to make possible a wide discussion about curriculum, in order to strengthen deafblind education in Brazil.
To OPHÉLIA BASSETO, my friend (in...