Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Non-Restrictive Environment After Age 21: Program Placement for Young Adults With Severe Developmental Disabilities
by DiRisio, Deborah, Ed.D., Lindenwood University, 2014, 158; 3682283
Abstract (Summary)

For students with significant disabilities, the process of transitioning from their secondary school setting to their post-secondary setting includes the exploration of potential adult settings. This paper explored the perspectives of secondary school personnel, as well as the viewpoints of personnel from St. Louis area post-secondary programs, as to the characteristics which determine adult program placement. State agencies that facilitate Person Centered Plans were also interviewed regarding viewpoints as to how secondary students with significant disabilities could seek and secure their most non-restrictive adult program placements. Research questions included: (1) How do the Missouri Alternative Frameworks utilized in secondary programming differ from the eligibility criteria utilized in post -secondary programs?; (2) How does the post-secondary eligibility process relate to the Missouri Alternative Frameworks Curriculum guidelines?; (3) What specific self-care skills and academic skills determine criteria for students with severe cognitive disabilities in post-secondary adult programs in the St. Louis area?; and (4) In addition to self-care and academic skills, what other factors determine student placement in post-secondary programs for the severely developmentally disabled within the St. Louis area? Revealed in this study was the importance of the development of lifelong relationships with post-secondary program organizations. Age, type of residence as well as the geographical location of residence, can be paramount to the applicants' skills or ability levels as adult program placement is determined for individuals with significant disabilities. Funding sources, as well as specific skill sets, were explored as they related to post-secondary clients achieving their most non- restrictive post-secondary placement.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kania-Gosche, Beth
Commitee: Leavitt, Lynda, Wisdom, Sherrie
School: Lindenwood University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 76/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: School administration, Adult education, Special education, Continuing education
Keywords: Adult program, Disabilities, Missouri alternative frameworks
Publication Number: 3682283
ISBN: 9781321555837
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