Week 4 – Assignment

Research Paper

For this assignment, you will write a five- to six-page paper on intellectual disabilities, including information from at least three peer-reviewed articles and the class text.

The paper must:

  1. Explain basic facts pertaining to the disability, including the legal definition, characteristics, and limitations in intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior.
  2. Analyze ways to address the needs of students within this disability category (strategies, accommodations, modifications, assistive technology).
  3. Analyze supplementary aids and services and/or related services that may be included in the individualized education program (IEP).
  4. Evaluate community resources, services, or agencies available for students and families for the selected disability category.
  5. Outline transition planning considerations for students with intellectual disabilities.
  6. Synthesize the literature and research to create inclusion tips to foster the least restrictive environment (LRE) for the student.

In addition, the paper:

  1. Must be five to six double-spaced pages in length, not including title and reference pages, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  2. Must include a title page with the following: 
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  3. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  4. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  5. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  6. Must use at least six scholarly sources, including a minimum of three peer-reviewed articles.
  7. Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

These web sites should help you

Definition of Intellectual Disability. (n.d.) http://www.aaidd.org/content_100.cfm

Historical And Contemporary Perspectives on Intellectual Disabilities. (n.d.) http://www.hsccs.org/poc/view_doc.php?type=doc&id=10353&cn=208

Intellectual Disability (Mental Retardation). (n.d.). http://children.webmd.com/intellectual-disability-mental-retardation      

Intellecutal Disability Treatment. (n.d.). http://www.thirdage.com/hc/c/intellectual-disability-treatment

Psychological treatments in intellectual disability: the challenges of building a good evidence base . (n.d.). http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/198/6/428.full 

Treatment of an intellectual disability. (n.d.). http://www.thearc.org/page.aspx?pid=2545

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