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A Tiered Approach to Promote Safety and Security in an Inclusive Postsecondary Education Program for College Students with Intellectual Disability

by David L. Westling , Kelly R. Kelley, and Seb M. Prohn

Westling, D., Kelley, K. & Prohn, S. (2016). A Tiered Approach to Promote Safety and Security in an Inclusive Postsecondary Education Program for College Students with Intellectual Disability. DADD Online Journal, 3(1), .

We describe three tiers of support employed on a college campus to promote safety and security for fully included students with intellectual disability (ID) participating in a postsecondary education (PSE) program. The tiers include strategies directed toward all college students to insure safety and security, strategies proactively directed to students with ID as preventive measures, and strategies used with specific students with ID who are actually experiencing, or are perceived to be experiencing, a high degree of risk; or students with ID who are engaging in behavior that places others at risk. Four case examples are provided to show how the tiered approach was used to prevent or mitigate against the occurrence of risks to safety or security.

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