Education and Inclusion for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Postsecondary Education

In 2019, the employment—population ratio for people without disabilities was 66.3% while the ratio for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) was only 19.3%. Since education is an important factor in getting a job, this stark contrast between the number of people employed with and without disabilities indicates that a reevaluation of postsecondary education for people with IDD is necessary. To ensure that people with IDD are receiving enough support and preparation to successfully be employed, this research finds the best methods of promoting inclusion and providing beneficial and equal education for students with IDD in postsecondary education. Through interviews, the paper analyzes the views of postsecondary students with IDD, neurotypical students in universities, and college professors on the current status of education for people with IDD and inclusion. Through analysis of their responses and other studies on this topic, this research aims to evaluate educational curriculums and methods that promote inclusion for students with IDD so that they will have better support and resources during their postsecondary education.

Is Mask-Wearing Compliance in High-School Age Students Correlated with Self-Reported Anxiety Symptoms Compared to Students Who Do Not Wear a Mask?

Anxiety is prevalent in high school students in today’s society, especially with the advent of COVID-19. The necessity of protective facial masks in public spaces in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 has led to worldwide facial mask usage. When considering the connection between COVID-19 and anxiety, there is a possibility of increased anxiety symptoms as a result of the discomfort of wearing a protective facial mask; this project examines whether these anxiety symptoms have an effect on facial mask compliance rates in high school students. Correlational research through surveys will reveal whether anxiety symptoms affect protective facial mask compliance rates.

Standardized Testing During the Coronavirus Pandemic

There has always been an apparent achievement gap when it comes to college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT and this year the pandemic creates even more challenges for students writing these exams. This research project focuses on how these standardized tests have been affected during the coronavirus pandemic and how they are impacting students. Interviews with college counselors in a focus group will allow further data to be collected and analyzed. Ultimately, conclusions will be drawn to find a possible solution.

How do Climate Change and Climate-Related Disasters Impact Minorities Disproportionately in the US?

This project aims to investigate the disproportionate impacts that climate change has on minorities in the U.S. Minorities are hit hardest when environmental disasters strike. Minorities often have fewer resources to help them recover and often face more frequent and worse environmental disasters. As climate change becomes an increasingly significant issue, the disproportionate impacts it has on minorities also become an increasingly important issue. An observational approach with a hybrid of qualitative and quantitative data will be used to do extensive research on New Orleans, where disproportionate impacts of climate change on minority populations is apparent.

How Has Lack of Access to PPE Affected the Health of Farm Workers in California as a Result of COVID-19 and the Recent Wildfires?

Farm workers are the power behind the food industry in California and many are blind to the mistreatment that they face. As the COVID-19 Pandemic hit California, more and more workers were at risk for contracting the disease because of the lack of PPE they had access to. Then wildfires swept through the state producing thick smoke making it unhealthy to breathe the air outside and putting workers at an even higher risk for respiratory illness. This research aims to show the issues California farm workers face as a result of lack of access to PPE during the recent pandemic and wildfires.

How Can the Effect of Covid-19 on Child Abuse Rates Help Identify the Root Causes of Child Abuse?

This research project is aimed to determine the root causes of child abuse during Covid-19. CoronaVirus has said to shatter the system that protects children, leading researchers to investigate whether child abuse cases across the USA have dropped or gone down. Research studies show that child abuse cases that get reported have significantly gone down due to lockdown and children’s safety is at higher risk. This research also aims to answer the question, “How can the effect of Covid-19 on child abuse rates help identify the root causes of child abuse?” Perhaps a study which investigates child abuse from March 2020 through December 2020 could help students, teachers or parents gain a better understanding of what child abuse actually is and what the main causes are.

How Does the Justice System Disproportionately Affect Prisoners with Mental Health Issues in How They are Treated by Correctional Officers Along with the Resources They Have in Southern Prisons?

This research project is about the systematic oppression of prisoners who are facing mental health issues in the southern prisons in the United States. This research will highlight the neglect from correctional officers and how officer training has led to these unjust actions in prisons. Data and witness accounts show the outrageous and unwarranted mistreatments that prisoners may face, and showcase how our justice system is set up to use prisons like rehabilitation centers, ignoring prisoners with mental health issues. The research methods will be content analysis and narrative research. The content will be taken from primary and secondary resources: journals written by prisoners and/or correctional officers and reports by forensic psychologists working with prisoners dealing with mental health issues. The narrative research will be accounts of multiple personal narratives about prisoners who have died due to this unfair treatment and lack of observation.

Does The Lack Of Resources For Adolescents With Mental Health Living In Low Income Areas Affect The Severity Of The Conditions In Comparison To Adolescents With Mental Health Outlets?

Mental health problems can negatively impact a person's ability to function in social situations, the ability to combat problems, and ultimately affect their sleep patterns. Therefore, a study about how the lack of resources for adolescents with mental health living in low income areas compares to adolescents with mental health outlets is required to take action research to address this inequality. The research method for this project is to interview an employee from the Ravenswood Health clinic to get data about accessibility for adolescents living in low-income areas, and determine next steps to help ameliorate the situation.

Do Adults With Bachelor's Degrees Tend To Earn More Money Than Adults With High School Experience Or Community College?

Have you ever wondered why some people make more money than others? This question will be addressed in this research project. It explores if adults with bachelor's degrees tend to earn more than adults with little to no college experience. The question is relevant to many students wondering what college/career paths they should consider upon exiting high school; and may give students a different perspective than what they may be used to. The research methods used include reviewing data from previously submitted surveys or interviews related to this topic, and then determining an action project to share findings with a group of seniors at a local high school to determine if their interest in attending a 4-year college has changed.

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