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Finnerty, Megan S.; Jackson, Lewis B.; Ostergren, Renee – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2019
This study examined material adaptations being used with students who have severe disabilities in general education elementary classrooms during language arts, social studies, and science instruction. Data sources included classroom observations, interviews, and artifacts shared by three general and special educator teams. Findings revealed themes…
Descriptors: Severe Disabilities, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Elementary School Students, Mainstreaming
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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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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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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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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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Hudson, Melissa E.; Browder, Diane M.; Wood, Leah A. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2013
A review of the literature on academic learning in general education settings for students with moderate and severe intellectual disability was conducted. A total of 17 experimental studies was identified and evaluated using quality indicators for single-case design research. Studies that met or met with reservation the criteria established for…
Descriptors: General Education, Educational Strategies, Severe Mental Retardation, Literature Reviews
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Hughes, Carolyn; Harvey, Michelle; Cosgriff, Joseph; Reilly, Caitlin; Heilingoetter, Jamie; Brigham, Nicolette; Kaplan, Lauren; Bernstein, Rebekah – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2013
Limited social interaction typically occurs between high school students with autism and their general education peers unless programming is introduced to promote interaction. However, few published social interaction interventions have been conducted among high school students with autism and their general education classmates. Such studies…
Descriptors: High School Students, Peer Relationship, Interpersonal Competence, Autism
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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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Turnbull, H. Rutherford, III – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2012
There is a direct link connecting President Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., to the causes of liberty, consent, choice, the least restrictive environment, and genuine community presence for people with intellectual and related developmental disabilities. This article connects the meaning of liberty in those civil rights movements to the…
Descriptors: Freedom, Civil Rights, Developmental Disabilities, Disabilities
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Ashby, Christine – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2012
This article explores the benefits and challenges of operating an inclusive elementary and special education teacher preparation program within a disability studies framework. How does such a program balance issues of theory and practice? How does it provide students with a critical approach that essentially views disability as a social and…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Special Education, Teaching Methods, Inclusion
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Browder, Diane M.; Jimenez, Bree A.; Spooner, Fred; Saunders, Alicia; Hudson, Melissa; Bethune, Keri S. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2012
Competence in early numeracy skills highly correlate with success in mathematics in later years; however, many students, including students with moderate and severe disabilities, lack a sound foundation in early numeracy skills. For this population, the gaps in skills widen as students progress through academic years, making it more difficult for…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Numeracy, Developmental Disabilities, Elementary School Students
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Ruppar, Andrea L.; Dymond, Stacy K.; Gaffney, Janet S. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2011
The purpose of this study was to investigate teachers' perspectives on the appropriate skills and settings for literacy instruction, the factors influencing their decisions about literacy instruction, and the barriers to literacy instruction in general education classrooms. A sample of special education teachers (n = 69) of students taking the…
Descriptors: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Alternative Assessment, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Halle, James W.; Dymond, Stacy K. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2009
The history of the educational movement for students with severe disabilities began with an emphasis on FAPE, opening the doors to education for all students; progressed to a greater focus on LRE, encompassing the assumption that the default setting ought to be the same one that typically developing peers occupy; and recently arrived at access to…
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, Disabilities, General Education, Severe Disabilities
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Copeland, Susan R.; Cosbey, Joanna – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2009
Research strongly supports including students with extensive support needs in general education settings and providing them access to the general curriculum. Yet, there is limited research indicating how to provide them authentic access to this curriculum. This article explores several instructional approaches to provide access including (a) use…
Descriptors: General Education, Severe Disabilities, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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Ward, Theresa – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2009
In the late 1960s and 1970s, the author was falsely labeled as a student with mental retardation, a label that controlled her educational experience for 8 years. In the early 1980s, she completed traditional university licensure programs to become both a general and a special education teacher. In this article, the author provides the perspective…
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, Mental Retardation, Educational Experience, Special Education
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