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The first complete, standards-based mathematics curriculum for students of differing abilities.

Equals is a K-12 curriculum is aligned to State Standards, Alternate Standards and Common Core Standards. It provides the best in mathematics instruction for educators who work with students in special education or in alternative education programs. It encompasses pre-readiness math skills (attending, cause and effect, etc.), fundamental math skills (numbers and operations, measurement, and estimation), and higher order math skills (data analysis, probability, spatial sense, geometry, algebra, and problem solving). Each lesson provides three levels of instruction for students with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities. Given the variety of manipulatives and pic-symbol supported vocabulary, worksheets, and problems, Equals is an appropriate choice for students with autism, and for English Language Learners (ELL). Learn more about Equals and ESL/ELL Students

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Equals White Paper - January 2015

Equals Case Study - January 2015




Equals Classroom Package Details

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The Equals curriculum provides a multi-sensory structure to math with three levels of instructional strategies dedicated to each lesson. Equals builds math preparedness through incremental and systematic progression from the concrete to the abstract. In addition, Equals pulls together the critical instructional elements of communication and engagement by providing the strategies and manipulatives that enable all students to demonstrate measurable progress on math outcomes.

Key Features:

  • New Equals Technology Lesson Center Click here for more information regarding this web based tool.
  • New Electronic Assessment Scoring
  • Complete scope and sequence of math skills
  • Lessons range from pre-emerging math to traditionally taught math standards
  • K-12 with age-neutral lessons
  • Comprehensive assessment
  • Real-life problem solving (school-home-community math applications)
  • Math manipulatives (specifically selected for students with disabilities)
  • Hundreds of worksheets at multiple levels of complexity
  • Math posters, workmats, and cards

Equals Concrete, Semi-Concrete, Abstract (CSA) Pedagogy

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 Equals derives its educational foundation from the research-tested Concrete, Semi-Concrete, Abstract (CSA) Pedagogy common to general education mathematics curricula. We have applied those same tested principles towards our special education approach, combining CSA with manipulatives and technology access instructional materials. In other words, Equals combines proven methods from both general and special education to create a truly unique and effective approach to mathematics instruction.

Equals Level Based Instruction

Level 1

Typically used for students working on developmental skills or at pre-emerging academic skills. Level 1 worksheets and activities allow the student to meet the objective in its simplest form.

 Level 2

Typically used for students with beginning to intermediate academic skills. Level 2 worksheets and activities encourage students to meet a moderate view of the objective.

 Level 3

Typically used for students who benefit from academic grade level content material written with low vocabulary demands (text readability from 1.5-2.9 grade level). Level 3 worksheets and activities reflect the highest level of complexity for any given objective.

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  • Equals overview
  • Complete assessment system
  • 12 Teacher Guides with over 325 lessons
  • Math Action Dictionary (integrating assistive technologies and differentiated instruction as needed)
  • Math manipulative kit (over 25 different sets with more than 100 actual manipulatives)
  • Math posters, workmats, cards



AbleNet Training Solutions

Training and Professional Development Solutions

Choose one or more staff training solutions to ensure effective Equals implementation for your students and educators:


Live or recorded custom Webinars provide staff with all the essential information on the curricular program or technology purchased, as well as an opportunity for staff to ask questions or discuss specific needs.  This interactive format can be viewed as frequently as your staff needs, is Mac or PC compatible, and may be purchased in 1-hour increments.
Webinar Training is $250/hour


An onsite trainer travels to you and directly targets your specific staff/student population needs. Your expert trainer will provide hands-on instruction, explanations, and demonstrations for any AbleNet curriculum and/or technology you choose. Onsite training provides a high degree of interaction and hands-on product experience, along with essential information on your curriculum/technology.  Cost includes travel expenses.
Onsite Training is $3,000/day (per trainer)

Contact your AbleNet sales representative for specific curriculum training package options. Possible discounted training solutions may be available for quantity purchases of curriculum.

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Assistive Technology Integration

As a leader in assistive technology, AbleNet can help you increase motivation, engagement, and participation in your students. Assistive technology integration allows you to provide more meaningful instruction and increase achievement in your classroom.

Included in all AbleNet curricular programs is the AbleNet Action Dictionary™. Use this tool to meet the diverse needs of all your students by adapting any activity with differentiated instruction strategies. Click here for a sample download.

Action Dictionary Sample

Special Offer on Equals Mathematics Assistive Technology Package

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Warm Up Vocab Review
Warm Up Vocab Review
Follow Up Skill Game
Follow Up Skill Game
Equals Materials
Equals Materials
Finally A Math Curriculum
Finally A Math Curriculum
Math Product
Math Product
Assistive Technology for Equals
Assistive Technology for Equals
Equals Technology Lesson Center
Equals Technology Lesson Center

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