The Institute on Communication and Inclusion (ICI) in Syracuse, NY and the Hussman Institute for Autism in Baltimore, MD are conducting a collaborative analysis of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) of students with intellectual and developmental disability labels, including autism, who have complex communication needs and use, or may benefit from, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
- While the study will focus primarily on New York and Maryland, IEPs from all geographic locations will be accepted.
- Researchers are looking for parents and students who are willing to provide them with access to current and past IEP documents, so that they can analyze the ways that communication supports are written into students’ academic plans.
- The study’s goal is to understand how support is constructed through IEPs in order to meet the school-based needs of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities with complex communication needs who use, or may benefit from, AAC.
The hope is that their analysis will help to establish best practices for IEP writing around communication supports.
If you have questions about the project, please contact the researchers by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 315-443-9379. If you are willing to participate, you can proceed directly to their Institute on Communication and Inclusion / Hussman Institute for Autism submission website.
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