Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC)

The Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) wheel. Each piece covers a different aspect of ECC: compensatory access, sensory efficiency, assitive technology, orientation and mobility, social interaction, recreation and leisure, independent living, self-determination and career education.

The Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) is a foundational, essential curriculum that complements the Common Core and prepares students who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind for success as adults.

Developing the Best Education for Your Child

If your child is blind, visually impaired or deafblind, academics are not enough to prepare him or her for an independent, engaged, happy future.

The Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) is a disability-specific set of skills that compensates for vision loss and is foundational to all other learning. It focuses on independence, assistive technology, vocational training, social engagement and more to prepare your child for his or her fullest life possible.

To develop the best education for your child, it is critical for families to understand the components of the ECC and to partner with their school districts to design an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that adequately addresses these supplemental needs.


Learning with blindness: A webinar series for parents

Join us each month for our free webinar series as we explore the ECC and discuss the skills critical to your child's independence and academic success. Each webinar will focus on a different aspect of the ECC and provide you with actionable steps to advocate for your child's best education possible. Register today!


Upcoming Webinar
Four students with visual impairments stand side by side
May 24
Skills for Social Success 12:00PM | Online Part 9 of Learning with Blindness, a free parent webinar series that explores the Expanded Core Curriculum

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An image of an O&M specialist letting his student navigate a school hallway without any assistance. The boy smiles as he finds his classroom.
Understanding and advocating for the Expanded Core Curriculum Watch Now Part 1 of Learning with Blindness, a free parent webinar series
Image of a young girl in ponytails walking down a series of steps with her white cane. Her orientation and mobility teacher looks on with a smile.
Access to independence through orientation and mobility Watch Now Part 2 of Learning with Blindness, a free parent webinar series
A student who is blind pushes a cart inside a grocery store with a teacher guiding him.
Independence begins at home Watch Now Part 3 of Learning with Blindness, a free parent webinar series
Girl with mother washing dishes at a kitchen sink.
Jobs & Chores Watch Now Part 4 of Learning with Blindness, a free parent webinar series.
A teenage boy with headphones uses an iPad close to his face.
Tech from iPhones to Notetakers Watch Now Part 5 of Learning with Blindness, a free parent webinar series.
A young girl uses a switch as she sits in an adaptive chair while her mother looks on
Tech for Everyday Tasks Watch Now Part 6 of Learning with Blindness, a free parent webinar series.
A teacher walks alongside a young student using a white cane.
Raising a Confident Child Watch Now Part 7 of Learning with Blindness, a free parent webinar series.
A child throws a basketball toward a hoop.
Sports, Games & Hobbies Watch Now Part 8 of Learning with Blindness, a free parent webinar series.