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Successful inclusive education does not occur just because a student is placed in a general education classroom with typical peers. Success in an inclusive placement requires through preparation and on-going support. The ideas presented in this book are based on the author's career long experience implementing inclusive education, and her knowledge and understanding of ASD. This resource provides an educational team with all of the necessary components to assess and implement an effective inclusive educational program. The manual provides a step by step process for assessing and implementing successful inclusive education for students with autism spectrum disorders. Informal assessment tools are included to evaluate student behavior, the learning environment, and necessary levels of staffing support. The book also includes suggestions for appropriate accommodations, modifications, as well as peer awareness and training strategies.
Revision of R.E.A.D.Y. for Inclusion expanded the manual to include a chapter designed to assist a school or district in developing a shared vision of inclusive education and create an action plan to support staff through professional development training. Each chapter has an extensive reference list to support the reader in expanding their knowledge. All the forms discussed in every chapter are included in a CD and may be reproduced for educational use.
Kandis Lighthall received her BA from Sacramento State University in 1970. She earned her MA in education with an emphasis in special education in 1984, from California State University at Chico. Throughout her career she has worked with many populations, but her main focus has been students with moderate to severe disabilities, including autism. Kandis began her teaching career in British Columbia, Canada where she established one of the first integrated classrooms for students with moderate to severe disabilities on a general education campus. In California she established one of the first inclusive classrooms on a community college campus for students with moderate to severe disabilities. Her classroom was a Special Education Resource Network (SERN) demonstration site for the Individual Critical Skills Model (ICSM). She has been an invited presenter at TASH, CEC, CARS+, the Capital Autism Conference and is the 2006 recipient of The Carol Gray Award for her contributions to the field of autism education. Kandis is the author of The Student Participation Checklist, R.E.A.D.Y. for Inclusion and What Makes School Great? Friends!.
210 pages + CD. 2009