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The paper that follows serves to collect three articles that investigate policy and practice regarding adult decision-making support for students with disabilities receiving special education services. Each has been led by the author of this multiple-manuscript dissertation, Charles Walters. Following a short introduction to these works as Chapter One, Chapter Two provides a reformatted version of an interview-based study with special education directors at the school district level. It was originally published in Volume 35, Issue One of the Journal of Special Education Leadership and titled “An Exploratory Study of Special Education Director Experiences with Issues Related to Age of Majority, Guardianship, and Alternative Options for Adult Decision-Making Support.” Chapter Three offers a reformatted version of a survey-based study with special education teachers. It was originally published in Volume 88, Issue Three of the Journal of Rehabilitation and titled “An Exploratory Study of Special Education Teacher Perceptions on Age of Majority, Guardianship, and Alternative Options for Adult Decision-Making Support.” The third study, presented as Chapter Four, builds off these previous two studies. It details a Delphi-based investigation of recommendations from those with subject matter expertise on adult decision-making support in special education contexts. Finally, Chapter Five provides a brief, concluding word to follow these three articles.
Walters, C. B.(2023). Navigating Age of Majority-Related Issues in Special Education: The Current Needs and a Potential Means for Aligning Professional Values With Policy and Practice. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/7200
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