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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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Browder, Diane M. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2012
Hunt and McDonnell have provided an excellent overview of one of the most important aspects of planning for students with severe disabilities--an ecological curricular framework that is created with input from the student, family, and needs of current and future environments. The standards-based reform-movement has created tension for educators to…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Standards, Teaching Methods, Quality of Life
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Goldstein, Jessica; Behuniak, Peter – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2012
Connecticut's Skills Checklist was developed in response to federal policy that requires all students with significant cognitive disabilities participate in state assessments and be included in measures of adequate yearly progress. Test developers had high expectations for this assessment. In addition to its function as an accountability measure,…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Indicators, Accountability, Federal Programs
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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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Hanline, Mary Frances; Hatoum, Rima J.; Riggie, Jennifer – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2012
This study had two purposes. The first was to explore how practicing teachers of learners with severe disabilities applied in their teaching the information provided in distance learning courses. A second purpose was to explore the relationship between the application of course content and the areas of course content in which teachers perceived…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Teaching Methods, Distance Education, Staff Development
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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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Keefe, Elizabeth B.; Copeland, Susan R. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2011
People with extensive needs for support represent the last group of people routinely denied opportunities for literacy instruction. One of the major reasons for this lack of opportunity can be related to limited definitions of what constitutes literacy as a whole and reading and writing in particular. This article will explore the way in which…
Descriptors: Definitions, Literacy Education, Reading Instruction, Access to Education
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Morgan, Michelle F.; Cuskelly, Monica; Moni, Karen B. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2011
Current pedagogical approaches recognize literacy as a social practice and yet school-based conceptualizations continue to dominate understandings of literacy learning of individuals with intellectual disability. Such understandings lead to local or everyday literacy practices being devalued and overlooked. Thus, for adults with intellectual…
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Informal Education, Reading Skills, Teaching Methods
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Forts, Ann M.; Luckasson, Ruth – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2011
Reading and literacy are important not only for instrumental reasons such as knowing exit signs and recognizing initial consonants but also have tremendous human functioning implications in areas such as initiating and sustaining friendships, communicating care and affection, and enhancing work, leisure, and play. Many people with intellectual…
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Friendship, Literacy Education, Reading Skills
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Downing, June; Eichinger, Joanne – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2011
This article presents information on instructional strategies and the effective use of personnel needed for educating students with dual sensory impairments in integrated learning environments. To counter the practice of educating students in separate environments according to their most apparent weaknesses and limitations, the authors contend…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Intervention, Deaf Blind, Severe Disabilities
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