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Restorff, Diane; Sharpe, Michael; Abery, Brian; Rodriguez, Michael; Kim, Nam Keol – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2012
The purpose of this study was to investigate teachers' perceptions of the impact of alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS). We used a survey of 401 teachers from three states to probe teacher perspectives across a wide range of topics. Our study found teacher perceptions were more universal than state specific. The…
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Mental Retardation, Teacher Attitudes, State Surveys
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Westling, David L. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2012
Although the author has written, conducted research, and lectured about parents of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and he is a parent himself, he is not the parent of an individual with a disability. Viewing from the experience of life "without" a child with IDD in it, it is reasonable to assume that there are…
Descriptors: Attitudes toward Disabilities, Quality of Life, Developmental Disabilities, Mental Retardation
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Meyer, Luanna H. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2012
Over the years, much has been accomplished in the area of severe disabilities--by professionals, academic scholars, parents of persons with disabilities, and self-advocates. It was not that long ago that children with severe disabilities were most likely to be excluded from school altogether or, if they received an education at all, it was far…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Environment, Freedom, Developed Nations
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Landers, Eric; Courtade, Ginevra; Ryndak, Diane – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2012
The purpose of this study was to determine how the needs of students with disabilities are addressed by state coordinators of school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) during professional development activities on positive behavioral strategies, school-wide systems, and school-wide commitment to the PBIS approach.…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Professional Development, Inclusion, Student Behavior
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Carter, Erik; Swedeen, Beth; Cooney, Molly; Walter, Martha; Moss, Colleen K. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2012
Parents have long played a pivotal and powerful role in advocating for improved services, supports, and increased opportunities for their children with significant disabilities. Yet inclusive opportunities remain strikingly limited in many schools and communities. We examined the viability and impact of parent-led community conversation events as…
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Disabilities, Employment Opportunities, Mainstreaming
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Randolph, Adriane B. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2012
By giving a voice to users in the design process of information systems, they often feel more empowered and engaged. The inclusion of users with disabilities in the design process, however, can be markedly more difficult. User profiling allows a user's preferences and interests to be captured and represented. However, for a user with severe motor…
Descriptors: Severe Disabilities, Information Systems, Interviews, Physical Disabilities
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Kyzar, Kathleen B.; Turnbull, Ann P.; Summers, Jean Ann; Gomez, Viviana Aya – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2012
There has been a gradual shift from a deficit to a support model for understanding disability over the last two decades. Although more attention is focused on supports at the individual level, policy has provided for the provision of family support. Despite this policy, families' needs for support are on the rise; and research suggests that…
Descriptors: Severe Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities, Family Needs, Family Programs
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Agran, Martin; Krupp, Michael; Spooner, Fred; Zakas, Tracie-Lynn – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2012
Although the importance of safety skills instruction is well acknowledged and available data suggest individuals with varying disabilities sustain injuries from accidents at a rate that is comparable to or may exceed the normative population, many students do not receive systematic safety skills instruction. Findings on the extent to which…
Descriptors: Accidents, Investigations, Disabilities, Safety
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Ferguson, Philip M.; Nusbaum, Emily – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2012
The academic field of disability studies has expanded rapidly over the last two decades or so. With that expansion has also come some growing ambiguity about exactly what is meant by the term "disability studies." This article reviews the history and evolution of disability studies as an interdisciplinary approach to research and scholarship.…
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Interdisciplinary Approach, Developmental Disabilities, Disabilities
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Cosier, Meghan – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2012
Historically, researchers focused on individuals with severe disabilities have utilized single-subject research methodologies to study the application of the behavioral theory to learning. In contrast, disability studies scholars have primarily used qualitative research methodologies to study quality of life or policy issues related to individuals…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, Quality of Life, Disabilities
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Savarese, Emily Thornton; Savarese, Ralph James – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2012
This article underscores the importance of coupling a practical orientation to the many challenges of autism with a philosophical and political orientation that refuses merely to make room for disability in the classroom or to accommodate its specific needs. It uses a case study approach to illustrate the ways in which subject matter and narrative…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Disabilities, Foster Care, Case Method (Teaching Technique)
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Horner, Robert H.; Dunlap, Glen – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2012
The impact of TASH over the next decade will be affected by decisions about the precision and consistency of the organization's messages to the field. TASH has long been the premier organization extending the voice of individuals with significant developmental disabilities. As TASH examines the themes that will be prominent in the coming years, we…
Descriptors: Evidence, Quality of Life, Developmental Disabilities, Severe Disabilities
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Kim, Rah Kyung; Dymond, Stacy K. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2012
This study investigated the frequency of community participation and level of assistance needed to perform domestic and safety skills for individuals with severe disabilities who live successfully in the community, based on type of residence and hours of in-home support provided. Participants included residential specialists from small community…
Descriptors: Safety, Mental Retardation, Community Involvement, Developmental Disabilities
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Hunt, Pam; McDonnell, John; Crockett, Margret A. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2012
The emergence of the standards-based reform movement has raised a number of issues related to the design of educational programs for students with severe disabilities, and a debate has arisen that presents an "either/or" choice between the general education curriculum and an ecological curricular framework that has traditionally guided…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Lifelong Learning, Quality of Life, Curriculum Development
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Ayres, Kevin Michael – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2012
Hunt, McDonnell, and Crocket (2012) highlight the current curriculum debate occurring in the area of severe disabilities and suggest that that a middle ground exists between these competing views: one emphasizing the general curriculum (e.g., Common Core) for all students and the other one stressing an ecological approach focused on current and…
Descriptors: Educational Planning, State Standards, Student Needs, Holistic Approach
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