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Specially Designed Instruction (SDI)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines specially designed instruction as adapting, as appropriate to the needs of an eligible child, the content, methodology, or delivery of instruction;

  • to address the unique needs of the child that result from the child’s disability; and
  • to ensure access of the child to the general curriculum, so that the child can meet the educational standards within the jurisdiction of the public agency that apply to all children.

Specially designed instruction is the instruction provided to a student with a disability who has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in order to help him/her master IEP goals/objectives. Specially designed instruction is not a part of the Response to Intervention (RtI) or Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act processes, but is specific to a student who qualifies for special education services in order to help him/her master IEP goals/objectives and ensure access to and progress in the general curriculum.

  • Cara Wyly
    Project Manager, Progress in the General Curriculum Network
    (210) 370-5413

 

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