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Development and Pilot Testing of the Students with Autism Accessing General Education (SAAGE) Model

This project brings together the expertise of investigators at three centers (University of Rochester, Appalachian State University, University of South Florida) to develop and conduct a pilot test of a new comprehensive Students with Autism Accessing General Education (SAAGE) intervention to increase the quality of educational services and access to inclusive settings for students with co-occurring autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability (ID) in elementary school (kindergarten through 5th grade).

Existing support systems in many schools do not sufficiently meet the needs of these students, and there is a wide gap between what is known from research regarding best practices and current educational practices. The SAAGE intervention will be designed to reduce that gap to improve social and academic outcomes for students with ASD and ID.

Products of this project will include a fully developed SAAGE intervention, along with companion training materials, modules, and manuals that will improve educational services and access to inclusive settings for students with autism spectrum disorder and co-occurring intellectual disability.

The team will disseminate results through peer-reviewed publications and presentations for multiple audiences and will also share results with schools and districts. 

USF team members include:

Rose Iovannone: Co-PI
Krystal McFee: Coordinator
Sharon Hodges: Qualitative Researcher
Rocky Hayes: Research assistant

For additional information, visit: http://ies.ed.gov/funding/grantsearch/details.asp?ID=1623.

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