Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1-2003

Abstract

This final report provides information about a model demonstration project (CFDA 84.324M) funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. The project titled, Paraprofessional Supports for Students with Disabilities in General Education Settings, was awarded to the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (UCEDD) at the University of Vermont and operated between October 1998 and September 2003. This project addressed an important need of national significance, namely the development, implementation, and evaluation of a model to advance the effective use of paraprofessionals to support students with disabilities in general education classes. The model includes a ten step action-planning process that can be used by teams of school personnel to improve paraprofessional supports provided to students with disabilities in their schools. Field-testing of the model was conducted throughout the project period in a total of 50 public schools across all age/grade levels (i.e., primary, elementary, middle, and high school) in 13 states (i.e., AZ, CA, CO, IL, KS, MN, NY, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI). This report describes the project's objective and their status along with 15 print products developed by the project that include 5 published research studies and one other study currently being prepared for publication review. The remainder of the report describes efforts to sustain the project's impact after the grant period ends and assurance of distribution.