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Kozleski, Elizabeth B.; Yu, Ting; Satter, Allyson L.; Francis, Grace L.; Haines, Shana J. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2015
A team from Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT), a federally funded technical assistance project focused on creating cascading, aligned systems for inclusive education, conducted a series of focus groups and interviews with school administrators, general and special educators, and related service providers in six schools…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Disabilities, Focus Groups, Interviews
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Shogren, Karrie A.; McCart, Amy B.; Lyon, Kristin J.; Sailor, Wayne S. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2015
The Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) Center identified six schools, nominated and screened by leaders in the field of inclusive education and school reform using a systematic process, and conducted in-depth analyses of these schools to build knowledge and inform implementation of inclusive schoolwide reform. The present…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Educational Change, Disabilities, Elementary Schools
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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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Carter, Erik W.; Boehm, Thomas L.; Biggs, Elizabeth E.; Annandale, Naomi H.; Taylor, Courtney E.; Loock, Aimee K.; Liu, Rosemary Y. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2015
Can young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities be known for their strengths? This mixed-method study explored the strengths of 427 youth and young adults with intellectual disability and/or autism (ages 13-21) from the vantage point of their parents. Using the Assessment Scale for Positive Character Traits-Developmental…
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Autism, Mixed Methods Research, Youth
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Bock, Amanda K.; Erickson, Karen A. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2015
Learning to read with comprehension requires that students acquire and integrate an increasingly complex set of skills. Students with severe disabilities are often seen as incapable of mastering and integrating the skills required for reading with fluency and comprehension, a presumption that results in decreased access to comprehensive reading…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Reading Instruction, Learner Engagement, Severe Disabilities
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Brock, Matthew E.; Schaefer, John M. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2015
Despite decades of advocacy, most students with developmental disabilities continue to spend the majority of the school day in self-contained special education classrooms. However, there is tremendous variability of educational placement across the United States. Identification of geographic trends that explain this variability could provide…
Descriptors: Geographic Location, Student Placement, Developmental Disabilities, Special Education
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Wood, Leah; Browder, Diane M.; Flynn, Lindsay – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2015
Using a modified system of least prompts, two classroom teachers taught three participants with moderate intellectual disability to generate questions about United States history. After reading brief portions of the text aloud to the participants, the teachers taught participants to identify if the answer to the question was in the book or not in…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Inclusion, Moderate Intellectual Disability
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Kurth, Jennifer A.; Lyon, Kristin J.; Shogren, Karrie A. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2015
The purpose of the present study was to investigate practices that support the inclusion of students with severe disabilities in the learning and social activities of inclusive K-8 schools to inform inclusive school reform research and practice. Eighteen K-8 students with severe disabilities in six schools recognized for their implementation of…
Descriptors: Severe Disabilities, Inclusion, Mainstreaming, Regular and Special Education Relationship
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Baggerman, Melanie A.; Ault, Melinda Jones; Collins, Belva C.; Spriggs, Amy D.; Slocum, Victoria – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2015
An important part of quality of life for people with moderate and severe disabilities (MSDs) is being involved in extracurricular and community activities. However, volunteers, who may not have experience with including people with MSDs, lead most community activities. The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the effectiveness of teacher…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Coaching (Performance), Quality of Life, Moderate Intellectual Disability
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Kearns, Jacqueline F.; Kleinert, Harold L.; Thurlow, Martha L.; Gong, Brian; Quenemoen, Rachel – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2015
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility requires states to develop and implement teacher effectiveness measures that consider student assessment results, including assessment results for students with disabilities participating in general and alternate assessments. We describe how alternate assessment results for students with…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Effectiveness
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Jameson, J. Matt; Riesen, Tim; Polychronis, Shamby; Trader, Barbara; Mizner, Susan; Martinis, Jonathan; Hoyle, Dohn – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2015
Guardianship is a complicated legal concept, which is further complicated by differences from state to state in the framing and implementation of distinctly different forms. Few professionals explain the long-term consequences of obtaining guardianship or provide the range of alternatives available to support an adult with disabilities. This study…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Legal Responsibility, Decision Making, Self Determination
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Rossetti, Zachary; Lehr, Donna; Lederer, Leslie; Pelerin, Dana; Huang, Shuoxi – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2015
This article describes a qualitative study that examined how 23 young adults with pervasive support needs and limited functional communication spent their time and how their parents (n = 23) and direct support professionals (DSPs; n = 2) defined meaningfulness in relation to the young adults' experiences. Data were collected through…
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Young Adults, Disabilities, Semi Structured Interviews
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Burke, Meghan M.; Sandman, Linda – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2015
Since its initial passage in 1975, parent involvement had been a cornerstone of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). However, parents face many barriers in voicing their concerns to professionals. One way for parents to share their insights and create systemic change is during an IDEA reauthorization. Yet, although the public is…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Disabilities, Equal Education
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Spooner, Fred; Kemp-Inman, Amy; Ahlgrim-Delzell, Lynn; Wood, Leah; Ley Davis, Luann – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2015
Literacy is an important skill for accessing all academic content areas, and there has been an increased focus on using a variety of assistive technology (AT) to support the acquisition of literacy skills for students with severe disabilities. Literacy also provides these students with skills to increase community participation, with independence,…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Severe Disabilities, Elementary School Students, Generalization
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Courtade, Ginevra R.; Test, David W.; Cook, Bryan G. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2014
Because of their highly intensive and variable learning needs, learners with severe intellectual disability present significant challenges to special educators and other stakeholders in terms of selecting and implementing effective instructional practices. Although scholars have made considerable progress in conducting and synthesizing research…
Descriptors: Evidence, Best Practices, Severe Mental Retardation, Disability Identification
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