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Agran, Martin; Jackson, Lewis; Kurth, Jennifer A.; Ryndak, Diane; Burnette, Kristin; Jameson, Matt; Zagona, Alison; Fitzpatrick, Heather; Wehmeyer, Michael – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2020
Placement decisions for students with severe disabilities have often been based less on the students' unique learning needs but more on beliefs and presumptions about student learning, entrenched school district policies that restrict program delivery options, and other variables unrelated to student needs. In light of the benefits associated with…
Descriptors: Student Placement, Severe Disabilities, Students with Disabilities, Inclusion
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Biggs, Elizabeth E.; Snodgrass, Melinda R. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2020
Friendships are central to children's development and well-being, but children with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have complex communication needs are at risk of social isolation. This qualitative study used methods informed by grounded theory to investigate the nature of how elementary-age children without disabilities described…
Descriptors: Friendship, Communication Disorders, Students with Disabilities, Augmentative and Alternative Communication
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Herbert, Morgan E.; Brock, Matthew E.; Barczak, Mary A.; Anderson, Eric J. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2020
Peer networks are a promising intervention for increasing social interactions between students with severe disabilities and their peers. However, this approach has not been well studied with high school students who have complex communication needs and use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). In this study, we used a multiple probe…
Descriptors: High School Students, Severe Disabilities, Peer Relationship, Social Networks
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Caron, Jessica; Light, Janice; McNaughton, David – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2020
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of Transition to Literacy (T2L) software features (i.e., dynamic text and speech output upon selection of a graphic symbol) within a grid display in an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app on the single-word reading skills of five individuals with severe disabilities and…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Severe Disabilities, Communication Disorders
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Lee, Hyunjoo; Morningstar, Mary E. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2019
A secondary analysis of data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study--2 (NLTS2) was conducted to examine predictors associated with improved postschool community participation of young adults with severe disabilities. Multidimensional item response theory was used to establish criterion and predictor constructs and examine predictive…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Community Involvement, Severe Disabilities, Longitudinal Studies
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Pancsofar, Nadya; Petroff, Jerry G.; Rao, Shridevi; Mangel, Alyssa – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2019
Fathers of children with complex disabilities can play an important role in the development and learning of their children; however, very little is known about their school involvement experiences. We conducted semi-structured interviews with 15 fathers of children with complex disabilities to learn how these fathers perceived their involvement in…
Descriptors: Fathers, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Parent Attitudes
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Karvonen, Meagan; Clark, Amy K. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2019
There is a dearth of research describing the small population of students who have significant cognitive disabilities and are also English learners (ELs). This study expands what is known about this population by describing EL students who participated in Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessments in 16 states during the 2016-2017 year. Data…
Descriptors: Severe Intellectual Disability, English Language Learners, Teaching Methods, Evaluation Methods
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Finnerty, Megan S.; Jackson, Lewis B.; Ostergren, Renee – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2019
This study examined material adaptations being used with students who have severe disabilities in general education elementary classrooms during language arts, social studies, and science instruction. Data sources included classroom observations, interviews, and artifacts shared by three general and special educator teams. Findings revealed themes…
Descriptors: Severe Disabilities, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Elementary School Students, Mainstreaming
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Kuntz, Emily M.; Carter, Erik W. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2019
Instruction and support for students with intellectual disability in general education classes should be informed by research-based interventions. In this systematic review, we examined the focus and impact of interventions delivered in inclusive classes to support middle and high school students with intellectual disability. We identified 40…
Descriptors: Intervention, Secondary School Students, Intellectual Disability, Inclusion
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Lee, Chung eun; Burke, Meghan M.; Arnold, Catherine K. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2019
Given the longer lives of individuals with disabilities and the increasing likelihood of siblings fulfilling family caregiving roles, it is critical to identify correlates of sibling caregiving. Yet, little research has examined the relation between the severity of the disability and sibling caregiving. The purpose of this study was to understand…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Older Adults, Siblings, Caregivers
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Friedman, Carli – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2019
People with disabilities who age may have unique experiences and face different challenges than people without disabilities who acquire disabilities as they age. These unique challenges may be especially pertinent for people with severe disabilities who already face disparities in quality of life. Yet, there is little research specifically about…
Descriptors: Quality of Life, Older Adults, Severe Disabilities, Barriers
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Stancliffe, Roger J.; Nye-Lengerman, Kelly M.; Kramme, Julie E. D. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2019
Little is known about how, when, or why individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) retire. Recognizing the changing needs of older adults with IDD is critical to support person-driven services and development of best practices in aging transitions. Using secondary analysis of the 2016 to 2017 National Core Indicators--Adult…
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Older Adults, Intellectual Disability, Developmental Disabilities
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Root, Jenny R.; Cox, Sarah K.; Gonzalez, Stephanie – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2019
Data analysis inherently requires problem solving, yet it is the most understudied mathematical skill for individuals with extensive support needs. The current study taught elementary students with extensive support needs (i.e., autism and intellectual disability) to solve math word problems requiring analysis of scaled pictographs through…
Descriptors: Special Needs Students, Problem Solving, Mathematics Skills, Elementary School Students
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Carter, Erik W.; Boehm, Thomas L. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2019
Although the importance and influence of spirituality in the lives of youth and young adults have garnered much attention, few studies have focused on the religious and spiritual lives of young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). We examined the congregational activities, spiritual practices, and strength of religious…
Descriptors: Intellectual Disability, Developmental Disabilities, Autism, Religion
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Waters, Chelsea L.; Friesen, Amber – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2019
Families raising young children diagnosed with multiple disabilities encounter experiences that are often unique and extend well beyond the early childhood years due to the intensity and severity of their child's needs. The contexts of these families must be understood to provide meaningful services and supports, particularly during the child's…
Descriptors: Young Children, Child Rearing, Multiple Disabilities, Parent Attitudes
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