The Severe Disabilities Program is designed to prepare teachers to work with students with severe and profound disabilities ages 5 through 21 in public school settings. Throughout the program, emphasis is placed on person-centered planning, school and community inclusion, transdisciplinary teamwork and the role of the family. Courses address physical and medical management issues, functional assessment strategies, longitudinal curriculum planning, systematic instruction, augmentative and alternative communication systems, assistive technology, transition from school to adulthood, positive behavioral supports and the special needs of students with physical, sensory and health-related disabilities, including autism.
VCU is one of five universities in Virginia that form the Severe Disabilities Consortium. Courses are offered through distance education at the university in which a student is enrolled. Externships are required as well as a final portfolio.