Expanded Core Curriculum

Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) is a standardized term used with students who are blind or visually impaired to define skills or concepts that often require specialized instruction - starting at birth and into adulthood.

The resources below are organized around each of the nine areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) and cover a wide range of experiences and concepts which can be systematically and sequentially taught to students who are blind or visually impaired.

Assistive Technology

Mountbatten Pro Braille Writer Resource 2001

Developed by Graham Cook, this series of ten Mountbatten Pro lesson plan modules contains strategies and ideas that will serve as a resource and teaching guide for vision professionals. The second document, MB Pro - A Visual Guide, was developed to help teams become familiar with the hardware.


Career Education

Transition Resource Guide for BC Students

PRCVI has assembled a transition resource guide to assist teachers of students with visual impairments in framing the conversation with students and their families around key issues related to post-secondary transition.

Transition Resource Guide for BC Students (PDF)


Dr. Karen Wolffe Presents Transitions from School to Work and Skills for Success

Dr. Karen Wolffe with the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) as the Program Manager for Career Connect and Career Education presents ideas on Transition from School to Work and the critical issues she sees as being essential to success.


Compensatory Skills

No references available at this time


Independent Living Skills

Talking from the Heart - Life After Grade 12

Seven young adults, all of whom are blind or visually impaired, were invited by PRCVI to share their experiences and insights about life before and after grade 12. We are pleased to share with you their personal experiences and the insights gained from overcoming hurdles and facing new challenges. Our appreciation and thanks are extended to each of these fine young people.

Audio Only

  • Introduction - Download mp3 (1.8 Mb / 2:40 min)
  • Donovan - Download mp3 (12.6 Mb / 18:27 min)
  • Anthony - Download mp3 (8.0 Mb / 11:43 min)
  • Brandy - Download mp3 (3.0 Mb / 4:30 min)
  • Stephen - Download mp3 (2.8 Mb / 4:05 min)
  • Johnny - Download mp3 (10.7 Mb / 15:40 min)
  • Tyler - Download mp3 (6.1 Mb / 8:54 min)
  • Jennifer - Download mp3 (6.5 Mb / 9:30 min)

Related Materials

The Three C's to Greater Independence for Teens Without Vision

Presented by Jay Stiteley from The Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ. These materials will focus on suggestions a student with a visual impairment may benefit from when wanting to achieve a greater level of independence.

Greater Independence for Teens Without Vision (PDF)

Greater Independence for Teens Without Vision (Duxbury)

Seeing Eye Info (PDF)


Orientation and Mobility (O and M)

Developmentally Appropriate Orientation and Mobility - Motor Development and Movement: Defined Spaces

Early Intervention Training Center for Infants and Toddlers With Visual Impairments - Chappel Hill, North Carolina
by Lowry, S.S. (2004)

Contents:

  • Key factors
  • Designing defined spaces
  • Method
  • Variations
  • Play space
  • One-on-one
  • Eating place
  • Kitchen space
  • Outdoor space

Developmentally Appropriate Orientation and Mobility - Motor Development and Movement: Defined Spaces (PDF)


How do I Orient the Student Who is Visually Impaired?

To be independent, the student must be properly oriented to the environment.

How do I Orient the Student Who is Visually Impaired? (PDF)


Adaptive Mobility Devices and Canes for Toddlers: Suggestions for O & M Specialists

Adaptive Mobility Devices and Canes for Toddlers: Suggestions for O & M Specialists (PDF)


Recreation and Leisure Skills

Sports Montage Video Clips

A collection of video clips showcasing athletes who are blind and visually impaired participating in various sports including: hockey, goal ball, soccer, archery, swimming, track, tandem cycling, cross country skiing, marathon running, bowling, gymnastics, curling, football, wrestling, beep ball, golf and super combined slalom.
Created by Andrea Cohen at the Calgary Board of Education - Vision Resource Centre

Sports Montage Video Clips

More information is available on this page.


Sensory Efficiency

No references available at this time


Social Interaction Skills

Effective Non-Verbal Communication for Teens Without Vision

This workshop has been developed to highlight facts about common Non-Verbal Communication, and to provide strategies for including Non-Verbal techniques into a communication style.
Presented by Jay Stiteley from The Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ.

Effective Non-Verbal Communication for Teens Without Vision (PDF)

Effective Non-Verbal Communication for Teens Without Vision (Duxbury)


Useful Links related to the ECC:


Board/Authority Authorized (BAA) Courses

The goal of the Expanded Core Curriculum for Students with Visual Impairments (ECC-VI) is the ongoing development of board authorized expanded core curriculum (ECC) courses for students with visual impairments in grade 10-12.

Information About Expanded Core Curriculum for Students with Visual Impairments (PDF)

Course Status Chart (PDF)

Courses

All of the BAA ECC courses have now expired. PRCVI is working on updating the Braille Course to UEB. If you would like to use one of the courses listed in the Course Status Chart contact PRCVI to discuss the process of having the course approved through your school district.