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McLeskey, James – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2020
Little progress has been made in the last 20 years toward developing and sustaining effective inclusive programs for students with severe disabilities. An article by Agran and colleagues examines factors that contribute to this lack of progress and provides some initial discussion regarding alternatives for addressing this seemingly intractable…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Students with Disabilities, Severe Disabilities, Change Strategies
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Gee, Kathleen – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2020
Agran and colleagues have not only summarized the research on inclusive education, but they have also summed up the frustrations of many of us who have been working with families, teachers, and administrators to facilitate the inclusion of children and young adults with severe disabilities over many years. My response takes some of their most…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Severe Disabilities, Inclusion, Attitudes toward Disabilities
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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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Zawacki, Jessica M.; Satriale, Gloria; Zane, Thomas – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2018
With the increase of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) leaving the public school systems with centralized training environments, there needs to be innovation in supporting staff who will find themselves working in various community environments with adolescent or adult learners. Staff training and ongoing supervision is important for…
Descriptors: Adults, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Supervision
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Ivy, Sarah E.; Hatton, Deborah D.; Wehby, Joseph H. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2018
Children's skill level in using a spoon facilitates increased independence during mealtimes and greater control over the pace and quantity of food intake, which has important implications for health and self-determination. Children with severe multiple disabilities, including cognitive and visual impairment (VI), require intensive instruction to…
Descriptors: Severe Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities, Severe Intellectual Disability, Visual Impairments
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Brooke, Valerie; Brooke, Alissa Molinelli; Schall, Carol; Wehman, Paul; McDonough, Jennifer; Thompson, Katherine; Smith, Jan – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2018
Policymakers, researchers, and state vocational rehabilitation administrators share an interest in the long-term outcomes of individuals participating in the public state vocational rehabilitation program. Yet, there is limited research in the area of job retention or the service delivery practices used to support individuals with disabilities to…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Records (Forms), Vocational Rehabilitation
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Singer, George H. S.; Agran, Martin; Spooner, Fred – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2017
This article discusses the relationship between evidence-based practices (EBPs) and values in research and practice pertaining to people with severe disabilities. The importance of basing educational and habilitation practices on substantial scientific evidence for practical, moral, and legal reasons is acknowledged given the prevalence of…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Severe Disabilities, Values, Educational Research
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Ballard, Sarah L.; Dymond, Stacy K. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2017
This systematic literature review examined research on stakeholders' beliefs about addressing the general education curriculum in general education classrooms with students with severe disabilities (SD). The investigation was limited to studies published in peer-reviewed journals between 1997 and 2015. Ten articles were identified and then…
Descriptors: General Education, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Severe Disabilities, Curriculum
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Haines, Shana J.; Gross, Judith M. S.; Blue-Banning, Martha; Francis, Grace L.; Turnbull, Ann P. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2015
Partnerships between school staff, families, and community members are vital for ensuring the success of all students in inclusive schools. This article reports the results of a synthesis of two original studies: one study that examined the perspectives of family members and another study that examined the perspectives of community partners in…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Family School Relationship, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship
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Domire, Sarah C.; Wolfe, Pamela – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2014
Video-based instruction is becoming a common intervention in today's classrooms. Previous research has focused primarily on video modeling techniques that required the student to watch an entire video of the task before attempting to complete the task independently. Video prompting is a form of video instruction that breaks down target skills…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Prompting, Autism
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Cimera, Robert Evert; Burgess, Sloane; Bedesem, Peña L. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2014
This study examined the potential impact providing transition services early had on the vocational outcomes achieved by young adults with intellectual disability. Two groups were compared: 7,520 individuals from states requiring transition services be addressed in individualized educational programs (IEPs) by age 14 and 7,520 individuals from…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Mental Retardation, Program Effectiveness, Vocational Education
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Zebehazy, Kim T. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2014
This study reports opinions and practices of teachers of students with visual impairments (TSVIs) in 34 states regarding functional literacy for students with visual impairments (VIs) and significant cognitive disabilities (SCDs). The survey asked TSVIs to select a definition of functional literacy, indicate agreement with a series of literacy…
Descriptors: Functional Literacy, Visual Impairments, Mental Retardation, Teacher Attitudes
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Brock, Matthew E.; Carter, Erik W. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2013
The involvement of paraprofessionals in the education of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) has been both complex and controversial. Many scholars and advocates have raised concerns about the roles these staff members play in schools and the degree to which there is empirical support for their direct work with…
Descriptors: Paraprofessional School Personnel, Disabilities, Educational Practices, Mental Retardation
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Cimera, Robert Evert; Burgess, Sloane; Wiley, Andrew – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2013
This study investigated whether receiving transition services early (i.e., by age 14) promoted better vocational outcomes than receiving transition services later (i.e., by age 16) for young adults with ASD. To do this, the outcomes achieved by two matched groups were examined--453 young adults from states requiring transition services be…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Outcomes of Education, Young Adults, Autism
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