Inclusive education for secondary age students with severe disabilities and complex health care needs

Sarah L. Ballard, Stacy K. Dymond

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Abstract

This qualitative study examined the beliefs and experiences of special education teachers about inclusive education for secondary age students with severe disabilities and co-existing complex health care needs. Participants were 11 middle and high school special education teachers who collectively case managed 18 students. Data were collected via demographic questionnaires and online interviews, and analyzed using an inductive coding approach. Findings portray the roles of personnel who provide student supports, the types of supports personnel and students require to be successful, benefits experienced by students, and barriers to including students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-441
Number of pages15
JournalIntellectual and developmental disabilities
Volume56
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

Keywords

  • Complex health care needs
  • Inclusive education
  • Secondary age students
  • Severe disabilities
  • Specialized health care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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