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Hughes Recognized for Exceptional Service

Updated on 6/22/2011 12:02:22 PM.

Carolyn Hughes, Professor of Special Education, was among ten national researchers recognized for Exceptional Service to the Field and the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at AAIDD’s Annual Meeting on June 6, 2011. The Award recognized Hughes and colleagues from other national universities as authors of the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS), “a ‘game-changing’ contribution to the Association, the field, and the lives of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. The SIS has been instrumental in shifting the assessment paradigm from a deficits model to one that helps identify what practical supports people need to have the greatest personal independence, productivity, social inclusion, and quality of life.” The State of Tennessee has recently adopted the SIS.

Hughes is PI of a newly awarded 5-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education on “Development and Validation of the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) for Children.” It will be designed to assess the support needs of children with intellectual disabilities, ages 5-18 years, which will be instrumental in identifying supports needed to enhance children’s successful engagement and functioning in school and preferred life activities.

Hughes also has been appointed to serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.

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