Evaluation of the Application and Communication for Transition Now (ACTNow) Tier 3 Tool for Improved Transition Outcomes for High School Students with Disabilities

Session Number: 1848
Track: Disabilities and Underrepresented Populations
Session Type: Poster
Tags: disability, K-12 Education, randomized control trials
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Heather J Chapman [Director of Academic Analytics - Weber State University]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Shirley Dawson [Assistant Professor, TAPT Program Director - Weber State University]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Melanie P Allen [Special Education Instructor, Mild-Moderate - Syracuse High School]
Time: Nov 13, 2019 (06:30 PM - 08:30 PM)
Room: Poster 179

Audience Level: Intermediate

Session Abstract (150 words): 

The Apply and Communicate for Transition Now (ACTNow) tool is a shared student-directed approach to engage high school students with high incidence disabilities in transition planning. Using a multi-tiered system of support to increase self-determination through student engagement in transition planning during high school, ACTNow is administered by a single educator in small groups or individually to systematically teach students to: 1) identify their strengths and needs and 2) communicate this information as they seek appropriate disability supports in their communities. The intended outcome of the intervention is increased transition engagement though improved self-determination while still in high school. ACTNow was evaluated via a randomized controlled trial using pairs matched on the initial combined scores of the Self-Determination Inventory: Student Response (SDI:SR) and Self Awareness + Self Knowledge (SASK) for all sample students. This session will review findings from the evaluation, summarize lessons learned, and provide next steps suggestions.