Calgary Board of Education

ACCESS Program

ACCESS III Teacher | Mr. C. Brown

The Attitude, Community Competence, Elements (of Academic Curriculum), Social Skills (ACCESS) program is for junior and senior high age students with moderate to severe cognitive disabilities. The goal of the ACCESS program is to prepare students for transition to adult life in the community. The curriculum includes development of communication skills, functional language arts and mathematics skills, social skills, community awareness, and pre-vocational abilities. Integration within the community school classes is encouraged when possible. A modified curriculum is implemented based on the individual needs of each student. Instructional accommodations may include the use of assistive technology, augmentative communication systems, and individual and small group instruction. There are 8 to 10 students in each class along with two to three program staff. Program staff includes one teacher and one to two education assistants, depending upon the complexity of the needs of the individual students.