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Buchter, Jennifer; Riggleman, Samantha – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
Serving families who live in rural communities can be a challenge for early intervention programs. Factors, such as travel, family needs, and limited program and community resources, have been identified as ongoing barriers for this population. Technology, specifically teleconferencing, can be a solution to provide equitable services compliant…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Early Intervention, Barriers, Access to Education
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Ault, Melinda Jones; Bausch, Margaret E.; Ackerman, Kera B. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
Professionals, families, and individuals with disabilities must work together to advocate for policy and legislation that will improve the lives of those with disabilities. Rural areas have unique issues that make targeted advocacy efforts necessary. While families and parents have a personal interest in advocacy, professionals have ethical…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Disabilities, Related Services (Special Education), State Legislation
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King, Laura H.; Allen, Ayla E. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
Knowledge and understanding of assistive technology is important for all education majors as they prepare to serve increasingly diverse classrooms. This article provides a program description of how one rural university embedded assistive technology content and skills in both a special education plan of study, as well as in professional core…
Descriptors: Special Education, Rural Areas, Universities, Assistive Technology
Hawley, Leslie R.; Koziol, Natalie A.; Bovaird, James A.; McCormick, Carina M.; Welch, Greg W.; Arthur, Ann M.; Bash, Kirstie – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2016
A critical aspect of rural research is carefully defining and describing the rural context. This is particularly important in rural special education research because different definitions of rural may influence resource allocation, grant funding eligibility, and/or research findings. In order to highlight the importance of operationalizing rural,…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Special Education, Educational Research, Barriers
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Hartley, Melissa D.; Ludlow, Barbara L.; Duff, Michael C. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2015
Many colleges and universities rely upon online programs to support distance delivery of personnel preparation programs in special education and related services. These distance education programs enable individuals who live or work in rural communities to access training programs to earn teaching certification and assist rural schools in…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Learning Activities, Program Development
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Grisham-Brown, Jennifer; McCormick, Katherine M. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2013
The United States is becoming increasingly diverse with the largest growth in Hispanic populations. Diversity also is increasing in rural America. This diversity is reflected in the participants in early care and education programs and K-12 students. Unfortunately, demographics for college and university teacher education programs do not match…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Intervention, Partnerships in Education, Rural Areas
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Meadan, Hedda; Meyer, Lori E.; Snodgrass, Melinda R.; Halle, James W. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2013
The purpose of this paper is to describe a pilot program (i.e., Internet-Based Parent-Implemented Communication Strategies [i-PiCS] program) that provides long-distance training and coaching via the Internet to parents of young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The i-PiCS program is designed to teach parents how to use evidence-based…
Descriptors: Young Children, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Coaching (Performance)
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Chopra, Ritu; Banerjee, Rashida; DiPalma, Geraldine; Merrill, Laura; Ferguson, Ardith – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2013
Under the supervision of a licensed early intervention provider, paraprofessionals play an indispensable role in implementation of home and community-based services to infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and their families in Colorado. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 requires that…
Descriptors: Paraprofessional School Personnel, Models, Training Methods, Early Intervention
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Pennington, Robert; Grau, Rebecca; Bobo, Jennifer; Lorence, Debbie; Tomcheck, Scott; Stewart, Julie; Wooldridge, Don – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2013
The recent data suggest that there has been a steady increase in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD; Centers for Disease Control, 2012). This lifelong disorder has significant implications for families as they face the complexities of supporting their family members with ASD. Fortunately, the research literature suggests that…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Family Programs, Incidence
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Lynch, Jeremy M. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2012
Historically, principals served as disciplinarians and the teachers' boss. Under current federal legislation, principals now must accept the responsibility to manage personnel, funds, and strategic planning. Today's principals also must accept responsibilities associated with being their schools' instructional leaders. As instructional leaders,…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Responsibility, Special Education, Instructional Leadership
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Hager, Karen D.; Baird, Constance M.; Spriggs, Amy D. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2012
Faculty and staff from three university departments (Special Education, Distance Learning Programs, and Distance Learning Networks) collaborated to develop a system for remote observation of student teachers. Colleges across the campus currently use the system. The development process from inception to implementation is described, and the specific…
Descriptors: Observation, Special Education, Distance Education, Teacher Education Programs
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Morgan, Robert L.; Openshaw, Kristi P. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2011
In rural areas, transition planning for young adults with disabilities presents considerable challenges, including linkage to employment upon completion of special education services. Two assessment programs, described in this article, work in concert to assist transition teachers and youth with disabilities in rural areas and include: (a)…
Descriptors: Job Placement, Disabilities, Rural Areas, Transitional Programs
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Butera, Gretchen; Maughan, George – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2001
Child development happens within the social, cultural, political, environmental, and economic contexts of a particular place, but researchers and policy makers describe best practice in the field as if one size fits all. An early interventionist's experience illustrates how ruralness and community characteristics impact practice. Collaboration…
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Child Caregivers, Community Characteristics, Context Effect
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Thompson, Christy L.; Buchanan, Michelle L.; Heinlein, Kenneth B.; Westlake, Laura L. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2001
A Wyoming research project is investigating the efficacy of distance assessments of young children with special needs in rural areas. Interactive technology transmits video signals to, and audio signals to and from, off-site assessment team members. The arrangement affords rural families high-quality assessment services without traveling long…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Evaluation Research
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Ruscello, Dennis M.; Werner, Jeffrey; Price, Kari; Williams, Diane – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2000
A West Virginia preservice program prepares professionals in a variety of fields to work with rural children with swallowing disorders. Program features include graduate assistantships, interdisciplinary academic coursework, a practicum in a swallowing disorders clinic under supervision of a faculty mentor, and a technology project related to…
Descriptors: Assistantships, Clinical Teaching (Health Professions), Graduate Study, Higher Education
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