Date of Award

Spring 2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Education (Graduate)


Due to the changes in the educational system since the 1997 Individuals with Disabilities Act, few resources have been created to assist art teachers in adapting curriculum and art tools for students with disabilities. This research project explores studies in art and disabilities, as well as curriculum adaptations. The literature review offers an extensive view at current literature on four major themes: a need for curriculum, general education curriculum adaptations, adapted arts curriculum, and the impact of arts education in the lives of people with disabilities. Based on this research, a project was developed to incorporate aspects of these themes into a usable curriculum map, with accommodation considerations provided. This product also includes three unit plans on three types of media found successful with students of disabilities: digital art, twodimensional media, and three-dimensional media. Each is elaborated on its usefulness for students with varying need. This adapted curriculum map provides a solution to the research problem because it plans for diversity of needs from the onset, and allows for flexibility. Lastly, the researcher discusses the possible implications of this research project.