IEP Study

The ICI in Syracuse and the Hussman Institute for Autism in Baltimore are conducting a collaborative analysis of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) of students with intellectual and developmental disability labels, including autism, who have complex communication needs who use, or may benefit from, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). We are looking for parents and students who are willing to provide us with access to current and past IEP documents, so that we can analyze the ways that communication supports are written into students’ academic plans.

This study aims to understand how support is constructed through IEPs in order to meet the school-based needs of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities with complex communication needs who use, or may benefit from, AAC. We hope that our analysis will help to establish best practices for IEP writing around communication supports.
We are still looking for more participants for this study, so please send us your IEPs! If you have questions about the project, please contact the researchers by emailing icistaff@syr.edu or calling 315-443-9379. If you are willing to participate, please proceed to our submission website.