Message from SIG Chair
Message from SIG Chair
Special Education Research SIG #113

Welcome to AERA’s Special and Inclusive Education Research SIG!

We are an active and welcoming network of researchers with a shared focus on promoting positive outcomes for the diverse population of students in special and inclusive education settings. Specifically, we promote the study and dissemination of topics, research-based practices, and research methodologies related to implementation, access, equity, progress, and outcomes in the education of disabled people and their families. Our aim is to advance equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency throughout the lifespan.

Through the 2021-2022 academic year we aim to positively impact students in transitioning back to in-person learning post-COVID-19 through the sharing of our research including topics such as how to navigate special education referrals post COVID-19;  how to support both the academic and mental health needs of students in our schools, and how to support students through a strengths-based approach that considers intersectionality including how ability/disability, race, age, gender, ethnicity, culture, language class, socioeconomic status, etc. impact student learning and experiences. We will strive to expand our research focus at the intersections of disability, race, gender and other sociocultural identities with a focus on how to support K-12 student learning in special and inclusive education systems.

In terms of SIG membership, we plan to continue expanding mentorship opportunities for graduate student members, and to use our committee space to build opportunities and networking. Our SIG presently has two committees:  an emerging graduate student committee, and an autism spectrum research committee. Members are encouraged to reach out to SIG leadership to get involved and/or to suggest additional committee formation. In the upcoming years we aim to continue our work around increasing diversity reflected in the field of special education research and in our SIG leadership and active membership. We will continue to focus on highlighting and supporting the research of Black, Indigenous, and people of color in our field as well as the work of neurodivergent researchers and disability self-advocates.

Thank you for all you do in the area of special and inclusive education research and please stay connected and informed through our listserve, webpage and Facebook page.

Best regards,


Amy Accardo, Ed.D.

Chair, Special and Inclusive Education Research SIG

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