Research

ACSESS: Adapted Collaborative Strategies for Evaluating Students' Strengths

Creating Career Connections: A Longitudinal Study of Student Enrollment and Outcomes of Career and Technical Education

Creating Pathways to IT Careers through High School Career and Technical Education Programs

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC)

National Transition Alliance (NTA)

School-to-Work Connections: Nontraditional Career Opportunities for Females With and Without Disabilities


Taxonomy for Transition Programming

Transition-Related Competencies

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The ACSESS Project: Adapted Collaborative Strategies for Evaluating Students' Strengths


Project Summary

Information provided through traditional standardized psychometric testing often is inadequate for planning and assessing inclusive education for children with severe physical, communicative, and/or sensory disabilities. To address these inadequacies, the University of Michigan, Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Western Michigan University, and the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Michigan will collaboratively develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate adapted cognitive assessment protocols and procedures.

Focused on facilitating full participation in the general education curriculum and transition planning activities, the ACSESS project will use optimal sensory and response modalities and state-of-the-art assessment techniques to provide more accurate and comprehensive information regarding these students’ capabilities and educational needs. This model will combine best practices in promoting self-determination of students with disabilities by including the student and parent(s) in collaborative assessment procedures and decision making with rehabilitation engineers, psychologists, educators, and physicians.

A Research-to-Practice Committee, comprised of students and families, educators, relevant agency representatives, and project personnel is overseeing all activities and guiding the collaborative process.

Each phase of the project also involves essential collaboration between special educators and other project staff. During project year 1, project personnel will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of current practices in, and desired information from, school-based psychometric evaluations of children who need adapted assignments. During project years 1 and 2, ACSESS procedures and techniques, including decision tree models, are being developed, implemented, and evaluated. In project years 3 and 4, implementation and evaluation activities will be expanded to include additional instructional and training components that translate ACSESS findings into school, community, and relevant agency-based modifications, accommodations, and assistance that facilitate maximum student participation and achievement in school and community settings. As phases of model development and implementation are refined, project materials will be evaluated by key consumer groups and disseminated nationality.

 

Project Personnel

Director
Seth Warschausky, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator
University of Michigan
Department of PM&R
D1400 MPB Box 0718
1500 East Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0718
Work: (734) 936-7052
Fax: (734) 936-7048
Email: sethaw@umich.edu

Co-Investigators
Paula D. Kohler, Ph.D
Western Michigan University
Department of Educational Studies
3506 Sangren Hall
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Work: (269) 387-5955 Direct Line
Work: (269) 387-5935 Department
Fax: (269) 387-5703
Email: paula.kohler@wmich.edu

Co-Investigators
Simon P. Levine, Ph.D.
University of Michigan
Rehab Engineering Program
UH 1C335
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0032
Work: (734) 936-7170
Fax: (734) 936-7515
Email: silevine@umich.edu

Staff
Rita Ayyangar, M.D.
University of Michigan
F-7822 Mott Hospital
1500 East Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0230
Work: (734) 936-7190
Fax: (734) 936-6121
Email: ayyangar@umich.edu

Staff
Sunny Roller, M.A.
Program Manager
University of Michigan
Department of PM&R
D1400 MPB Box 0718
1500 East Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0718
Work: (734) 936-9474
Fax: (734) 763-0574
Home: (734) 971-1335
Email: elsol@umich.edu

 

Project Website

ACSESS website

 

 


 
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