Resources

Both TIES Center and other organizations have published resources that provide useful information related to the inclusion of students with significant cognitive disabilities.

TIES Center Publications

Using Systems Change Efforts to Implement and Sustain Inclusive Education Practices in General Education Settings for Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities: A Review of the Literature
This report presents the findings from a literature review that examined how systems change efforts can guide initiatives to increase and sustain the placement of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in inclusive general education settings, as well as increase and sustain opportunities for these students to learn core academic standards-based curriculum through the implementation of inclusive education practices. The report concludes with the identification of several components associated with effective and sustainable systemic change efforts related to the implementation of inclusive practices.

Communication Competence in the Inclusive Setting: A Review of the Literature

This report presents findings from a literature review that was conducted to identify evidenced-based approaches to supporting the development of communicative competence for K-8 students in inclusive educational settings. Specifically, the review examined whether communication programming employing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is being successfully used in inclusive elementary and middle school settings, and what elements of the communication program are most likely to affect students’ communicative competence.

Impact: Feature Issue on Inclusive Education for K-8 Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities. Explore inclusive education through the perspectives of researchers, teachers, education administrators, students, and parents.

10 Reasons to Support Inclusive School Communities for ALL Students (Brief #1), is an electronic interactive Brief which can be used by educators and family members to talk with one another and others about the importance of creating and supporting inclusive school communities. A PDF of the brief is also available.

 

How States Interpret the LRE Clause of IDEA: A Policy Analysis (Report #101), examines how states interpret special education regulations associated with the Individuals with Disabilities (IDEA) act, regulations around the least restrictive environment (LRE) clause, the continuum of alternative placements, and the placement for students with disabilities.

Taking the Alternate Assessment Does NOT mean education in a Separate Setting! discusses the characteristics of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, least restrictive environment, legal provisions, and next steps for parents.

Parent and Family Resources

This section is a one-stop toolkit that contains information and resources for parents related to the inclusion of students with significant cognitive disabilities.

Impact: Feature Issue on Inclusive Education for K-8 Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities. Explore inclusive education through the perspectives of researchers, teachers, education administrators, students, and parents.

10 Reasons to Support Inclusive School Communities for ALL Students (Brief #1), is an electronic interactive Brief which can be used by educators and family members to talk with one another and others about the importance of creating and supporting inclusive school communities. A PDF of the brief is also available.

Taking the Alternate Assessment Does NOT mean education in a Separate Setting! discusses the characteristics of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, least restrictive environment, legal provisions, and next steps for parents.

Instruction

The materials hosted here will help educators support instruction aligned to state content standards in order to ensure access and inclusion in the general curriculum. This section includes Curriculum Resources that will reinforce educators' understanding of curriculum content, Instructional Resources that are created to support classroom teaching, Professional Development Materials, and a Communications Competence.

Two alternate assessment consortia of states, as part of a federally-funded grant, developed materials, related to instruction. The consortia are the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) and Dynamic Learning Maps. Some of those resources, including updated versions of some of them, are included in this section.

Using Systems Change Efforts to Implement and Sustain Inclusive Education Practices in General Education Settings for Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities: A Review of the Literature
This report presents the findings from a literature review that examined how systems change efforts can guide initiatives to increase and sustain the placement of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in inclusive general education settings, as well as increase and sustain opportunities for these students to learn core academic standards-based curriculum through the implementation of inclusive education practices. The report concludes with the identification of several components associated with effective and sustainable systemic change efforts related to the implementation of inclusive practices.

Systemic Change

The materials hosted here provide resources that states and districts can use to support systems change effort that will support the inclusion of students with significant cognitive disabilities in inclusive classrooms.

Testimony

A Truly Inclusive Society: Encouraging the Ability in Disability by Sheryl Lazarus, September 24, 2018