School-Sponsored Extracurricular Activities and the IEP 

We are conducting a research study to examine the participation of middle and high school students with intellectual disability in school sponsored extracurricular activities.  The participation of students with intellectual disability in extracurricular activities has received increased attention in recent years. Justification for such participation is based on a belief that it produces desirable academic and social learning outcomes. The extent to which these outcomes are produced remains uncertain.  We believe the findings from this study will help inform the field of special education about planning strategies that may affect the involvement of students with intellectual disability in extracurricular activities.

If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete a 15-minute online survey to share your experiences with including students with intellectual disability in school sponsored extracurricular activities.  After completing the survey, you will be directed to a separate webpage that isn’t linked to survey responses and given the opportunity to register for a random drawing for one of five $20 Amazon.com gift cards.  To be eligible to participate in this study you must meet the following criteria:
  1. Be a licensed special education teacher of middle or high school students
  2. Have at least one student with intellectual disability on your caseload who participated in a school-sponsored extracurricular activity in the last two years
Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and you have the right to terminate your participation at any time without penalty.  While completing the survey, you may skip any questions that you do not wish to answer. Your responses will be anonymous and will not be associated with your personal information or email address, and any information you provide will not be tracked back to you or your school district.  You should not include identifiable information when responding to questions.  Faculty, students, and staff who may see your information will maintain confidentiality to the extent of laws and university policies. Personal identifiers will not be published or presented.  In addition, your survey responses will be stored on a password-protected computer only accessible by the researchers.

There are no foreseen risks to individuals participating in this study beyond those that exist in daily life.  The results of this study may be used for a scholarly report, journal article, or conference presentation. 

If you have any questions regarding this research project, please contact Stacy Dymond (email: sdymond@illinois.edu or phone: 217-244-9763).  If you have any questions about your rights as a participant in this study or any concerns or complaints, please contact the University of Illinois Institutional Review Board at 217-333-2670 (collect calls will be accepted if you identify yourself as a research participant) or via email at irb@illinois.edu.  Please print a copy of this consent form for your personal records.
Sincerely, 

Martin Agran, Professor
University of Wyoming 

Stacy Dymond, Professor 
University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign 

James Martin, Professor
University of Oklahoma 

* 1. I agree to participate in this study. I certify that I am a licensed special education teacher of middle or high school students and have at least one student with intellectual disability on my caseload that has participated in a school sponsored extracurricular activity in the last two years.

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