Contact Information
Phone: 617-353-6419
Email: zsr@bu.edu

Educational History

  • Ph.D. in Special Education, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • C.A.S. in Disability Studies, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • M.Ed. in Special Education (Concentration: Severe Disabilities), University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
  • B.A. in Sociology, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT

Profile

Zach Rossetti is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Childhood and Exceptional Education Cluster. His research examines the social belonging and participation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), with a specific focus on how educators and parents can facilitate friendship opportunities between students with and without IDD. He is also interested in collaboration with families of individuals with IDD, specifically examining sibling relationships and parent-professional collaboration.

Courses Taught

  • SED SE 250: Disability, Education, and Public Policy
  • SED SE 480: Teaching Students with Special Needs
  • SED SE 512: Students with Disabilities and the Law
  • SED SE 534: Classroom and Behavior Management
  • SED SE 535: Understanding Autism
  • SED SE 706: Introduction to Special Education

Selected Publications

  • Rossetti, Z., & Hall, S. (2015). Adult sibling relationships with brothers and sisters with severe disabilities. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities,40, 120-137. doi: 10.1177/1540796915592829
  • Rossetti, Z., Lehr, D., Lederer, L., Pelerin, D.*, & Huang, S.* (2015). Parent perceptions of time spent meaningfully by young adults with pervasive support needs. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 40, 3-19. doi: 10.1177/1540796914566714
  • Rossetti, Z. (2015). Descriptors of friendship between secondary students with and without autism or intellectual and developmental disability. Remedial and Special Education, 36, 181-192. doi: 10.1177/0741932514550370
  • Rossetti, Z. (2014). Peer interactions and friendship opportunities between elementary students with and without autism or developmental disability. Inclusion, 2, 301-315. doi: 10.1352/2326-6988-2.4.301
  • Rossetti, Z. (2012). Helping or hindering: The role of secondary educators in facilitating friendship opportunities among students with and without autism or developmental disability. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 16, 1259-1272. doi: 10.1080/13603116.2011.557448
  • Rossetti, Z. (2011). “That’s how we do it”: Friendship work between high school students with and without autism or developmental disability. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 36, 23-33. doi: 10.2511/rpsd.36.1-2.23
  • Rossetti, Z., & Goessling, D. (2010). The role of paraeducators in facilitating friendships between high school students with and without autism or other developmental disabilities. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 42(6), 64-70.
  • Rossetti, Z., Ashby, C., Arndt, K., Chadwick, M., & Kasahara, M. (2008). “I like others to not try to fix me”: Agency, independence, and autism. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 46, 364-375. doi: 10.1352/2008.46:364-375
  • Tashie, C., & Rossetti, Z. (2007). Supporting friendships for all students. In M. F. Giangreco & M. B. Doyle (Eds.) Quick guides to inclusion: Ideas for educating students with disabilities2nd Edition (pp. 47-60). Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.
  • Tashie, C., Shapiro-Barnard, S., & Rossetti, Z. (2006). Seeing the charade: What we need to do and undo to make friendships happen. Nottingham: Inclusive Solutions UK Limited.

Selected Presentations

  • Hall, S., & Rossetti, Z. (June, 2015). Sibling relationships: Differing roles of adults who have siblings with mild-moderate and severe-profound IDD. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Louisville, KY.
  • Rossetti, Z. (facilitator), Hall, S., Moreno, J., & Payne-Neward, J. (April, 2015). Perspectives from adult siblings of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Program Chair Featured Session (panel presentation) at Council for Exceptional Children 2015 Annual Convention & Expo, San Diego, CA.
  • Hall, S., & Rossetti, Z. (April, 2015). Natural supports: Siblings of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Presentation at Council for Exceptional Children 2015 Annual Convention & Expo, San Diego, CA.
  • Rossetti, Z., Sauer, J., & Bui, O. (December, 2014). Families as faculty: Collaboration for inclusive and culturally competent teacher preparation. Poster presented at the TASH Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. (TASH Poster Award winner)
  • Hall, S., & Rossetti, Z. (June, 2014). Sibling relationships and support: Perspectives of adult siblings of people with severe and profound IDD. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Orlando, FL.
  • Rossetti, Z. (facilitator), Hall, S., Mack, L., & Powell, A. (April, 2014). Perspectives from adult siblings of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Program Chair Featured Session (panel presentation) at Council for Exceptional Children 2014 Annual Convention & Expo, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Blackwell, W., & Rossetti, Z. (April, 2014). Lessons learned: Helping parents and teachers understand the research on IEP development. Presentation at Council for Exceptional Children 2014 Annual Convention & Expo, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Rossetti, Z., Lehr, D. Lederer, L., & Pelerin, D.* (December, 2013). Examples of time spent meaningfully by young adults with pervasive support needs. Presentation at the TASH Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Rossetti, Z., Lehr, D., Ghai, J.*, & Huang, S.* (December, 2013). Perspectives on friendship for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Presentation at the TASH Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Rossetti, Z., Lehr, D. Lederer, L., Pelerin, D.*, & Huang, S.* (November, 2012). Time spent meaningfully by young adults with pervasive support needs. Presentation at the TASH Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA.
  • Rossetti, Z. (December, 2011). Helping or hindering: Educator influence on social opportunities in inclusive settings. Presentation at the TASH Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Rossetti, Z., & Goessling, D. (June, 2010). Friendship facilitation strategies for high school students with and without autism or other developmental disabilities. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Providence, RI.
  • Rossetti, Z. (April, 2010). Paraeducator strategies and implementation techniques for facilitating adolescent friendships. Presentation at Council for Exceptional Children 2010 Annual Convention & Expo, Nashville, TN.

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