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Ruppar, Andrea L.; Neeper, Lance S.; Dalsen, Jennifer – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2016
In the current study, special education teachers' perceptions of preparedness to implement recommended practices for students with severe disabilities were examined. A vignette-style survey was sent to special education teachers assigned to teach students with severe disabilities. Overall, respondents reported higher perceptions of preparedness to…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Readiness, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Surveys
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Friedman, Carli – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2016
Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) 1915(c) waivers are one of the largest providers of long-term services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). HCBS waivers also play a prominent role in providing day habilitation services for people with IDD. The purpose of this study was to examine how…
Descriptors: Intellectual Disability, Developmental Disabilities, Day Programs, Resource Allocation
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Losinski, Mickey; Sanders, Sara A.; Wiseman, Nicole M. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2016
The current meta-analysis examined the use of deep touch pressure (DTP; e.g., weighted vests) with students with disabilities. DTP is a form of sensory integration therapy that is currently used extensively in schools with students with autism and other disabilities. Each study in the analysis was evaluated using the Council for Exceptional…
Descriptors: Meta Analysis, Effect Size, Intervention, Sensory Integration
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Petersen, Amy – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2016
This qualitative research study sought to understand the perspectives of teachers of students with significant cognitive disabilities regarding general education curriculum access. The participants in this study raised many questions about what general education curriculum access is and how it might be realized. This study illuminated the need for…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, General Education
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Pence, Alicia R.; Dymond, Stacy K. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2016
The purpose of this study was to investigate teachers' beliefs about the participation of students with severe disabilities (SD) in school clubs. Participants were special education teachers (N = 60) of middle and junior high school students with SD from one state. Data were collected using a survey. Results indicate that teachers value including…
Descriptors: Clubs, Severe Disabilities, Middle School Students, Junior High School Students
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Raab, Melinda; Dunst, Carl J.; Hamby, Deborah W. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2016
Findings from a randomized controlled design study of an ability-based versus needs-based approach to response-contingent learning among children with significant developmental delays and disabilities who did not use instrumental behavior to produce reinforcing consequences are reported. The ability-based intervention and needs-based intervention…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Developmental Delays, Intervention, Young Children
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Stanton-Chapman, Tina L.; Schmidt, Eric L. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2016
The perceptions and beliefs of 303 special education professionals toward currently available playgrounds in their school or community were examined. Survey respondents (a) indicated that their students with a disability could not fully participate in their school or community's playground offerings, (b) discussed the need for a peer buddy program…
Descriptors: Playgrounds, Accessibility (for Disabled), Special Education Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Jones, Jennifer L.; Gallus, Kami L. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2016
The deinstitutionalization movement that began 50 years ago remains a current issue for professionals and families. Using qualitative phenomenology methodology, we investigated the experience of mandated deinstitutionalization for parents and siblings whose relatives with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) transitioned from…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Normalization (Disabilities), Daily Living Skills, Inclusion
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Ballard, Sarah L.; Dymond, Stacy K. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2016
This case study examined one high school student's access to inclusive education and experiences in an inclusive English class after he acquired severe disabilities and complex health care needs from a nontraumatic brain injury. Multiple sources of data (i.e., interviews, field notes, and documents) were collected and analyzed to formulate…
Descriptors: Severe Disabilities, High School Students, Case Studies, Inclusion
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Olson, Amy; Leko, Melinda M.; Roberts, Carly A. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2016
This case study explored how multiple educational personnel in a middle school identified as an exemplar of inclusive education defined and provided students with severe disabilities access to the general education curriculum. Data sources including a questionnaire, interviews, observations, observation reflections, and artifacts were collected…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Severe Disabilities, Access to Education, Middle Schools
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Kurth, Jennifer A.; Born, Kiara; Love, Hailey – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2016
This study investigated educational experiences for students with significant cognitive disability (SCD) taught in self-contained high school classrooms. Nineteen students and nine teachers across five high schools and four school districts participated. A time-sampling method was used to describe the ecological, teacher, and student behaviors of…
Descriptors: Severe Intellectual Disability, Self Contained Classrooms, High Schools, Student Behavior
Biggs, Elizabeth E.; Gilson, Carly B.; Carter, Erik W. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2016
Fostering and maintaining strong collaborative relationships are critically important for paraprofessionals and special education teachers working together to provide a high-quality education for students with severe disabilities. Through in-depth interviews with 22 teachers and paraprofessionals comprising nine educational teams, we examined…
Descriptors: Interprofessional Relationship, Special Education Teachers, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Severe Disabilities
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Rossetti, Zach; Hall, Sarah – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2015
The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine perceptions of adult sibling relationships with a brother or sister with severe disabilities and the contexts affecting the relationships. Adult siblings without disabilities (N = 79) from 19 to 72 years of age completed an online survey with four open-ended questions about their relationship…
Descriptors: Adults, Sibling Relationship, Severe Disabilities, Online Surveys
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Shogren, Karrie A.; Gross, Judith M. S.; Forber-Pratt, Anjali J.; Francis, Grace L.; Satter, Allyson L.; Blue-Banning, Martha; Hill, Cokethea – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2015
The purpose of this study was to examine the experiences of students with and without disabilities being educated in inclusive schools, documenting their perceptions of the culture of their school, inclusion, and the practices that were implemented to support all students. Focus groups were conducted with 86 students with and without disabilities…
Descriptors: Student Experience, Disabilities, Student Attitudes, Inclusion
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Morningstar, Mary E.; Shogren, Karrie A.; Lee, Hyunjoo; Born, Kiara – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2015
This descriptive study examined observational data collected in inclusive classrooms from six schools that were operating schoolwide inclusive policies and practices. Illustrative evidence of classroom practices supporting learning and participation of all students, including students with significant disabilities, adds to an understanding of…
Descriptors: Observation, Inclusion, Regular and Special Education Relationship, School Policy
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