Zachary Rossetti

Associate Professor

Zach Rossetti is an Associate Professor of Special Education, with tenure, 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.

Editorial Appointments

  • Consulting Editor, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (2013-Present)
  • Editorial Board, Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (2013-Present)

Conference Review Activities

  • American Educational Research Association, Disability Studies in Education SIG (2015-Present)
  • American Educational Research Association, Special Education SIG (2015-Present)
  • Council for Exceptional Children, Teacher Education Division (2014-2016)
  • Council for Exceptional Children, Collaboration and Inclusion (2017-Present)
  • TASH, Inclusive Education strand (2016-Present)

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

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

My research focuses on friendships between students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), in inclusive settings. In my research, I examine ways that educators help or hinder the development of social opportunities and friendships between students with and without IDD and ASD. My research also examines the experiences of families with children with IDD or ASD by centering on sibling roles and relationships, as well as family engagement, home-school collaboration, and community participation.

Principal Investigator, Spencer Foundation, Small Research Grant, Enhancing Civic Engagement of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Parents of Children with Disabilities. $50,000 (1/1/18 – 12/31/18). -- In the context of reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), this project examines the effect of an innovative civic engagement program with 240 CLD parents of children with disabilities across four states using a randomized controlled trial. The project also includes focus groups inquiring about facilitators and barriers to civic engagement by CLD parents, as well as videotaped testimonials about what CLD parents want changed in the upcoming IDEA reauthorization.

Principal Investigator, The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, Friends Matter! Increasing and Improving Social Interaction Opportunities between Students with and without Intellectual Disabilities. $142,522 (1/1/17 – 12/31/19). --This project addresses the problem of infrequent friendships between students with and without IDD by implementing social support programming (i.e., social curriculum, professional development, student social outings, and home/school/community events) in one school district and examining educator use of the social curriculum and social outcomes for students with and without IDD.

Principal Investigator, American Educational Research Association, Education Research Service Projects, Examining Latino Families' Language Access and Participation in their Children's IEP Meetings. $4,400 (4/1/17 – 5/31/18). --This study examines the experiences of Latino families in their children’s IEP meetings, as well as their strengths and challenges related to collaborating with school personnel in the context of special education.

 

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Dr. Zachary Rossetti Gives Keynote at “Focus” on Vision Impairment & Blindness Conference

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Rossetti, Z., Redash, A.*, Bui, O., Sauer, J., Wen, Y.*, & Regensburger, D.** (2018). Access, accountability, and advocacy: Culturally and linguistically diverse families’ engagement in IEP meetings. Exceptionality. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09362835.2018.1480948

Rossetti, Z., Harbaugh, A. G., & Hall, S. (2018). Patterns of adult sibling role involvement with brothers and sisters with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 30, 527-543. doi: 10.1007/s10882-018-9600-6

Rossetti, Z. & & Burke, M. M. (2018). Reaching out to culturally and linguistically diverse families: Strategies and challenges reported by parent training and information center staff. Exceptionality. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09362835.2018.1433042

Rossetti, Z., & Keenan, J.* (2018). The nature of friendship between students with and without severe disabilities. Remedial and Special Education, 39, 195-210. doi: 10.1177/0741932517703713

Hall, S., & Rossetti, Z. (2017). The roles of siblings in the lives of people with severe to profound intellectual and developmental disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 31, 423-434. doi: 10.1111/jar.12421

Rossetti, Z., Sauer, J. S., Bui, O., & Ou, S. (2017). Developing collaborative partnerships with culturally and linguistically diverse families during the IEP process. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 49, 328-338. doi: 10.1177/0040059916680103

Rossetti, Z., Lehr, D., Pelerin, D.*, Huang, S.*, & Lederer, L. (2016). Parent involvement in meaningful post-school experiences for young adults with IDD and pervasive support needs. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 54, 260-272. doi: 10.1352/1934-9556-54.4.260

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

Rossetti, Z. (2018, May). Friends matter: Promoting authentic social opportunities for all. Invited Keynote Address at the 13th Annual “Focus” on Vision Impairment and Blindness Conference: Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Intellectual Disability and Vision Loss, Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services and Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, Norwood, MA.

Burke, M. M., Rossetti, Z., & Hall, S. (2017, June). Supporting self-determination: How siblings assist adults with IDD in making decisions about employment and independent living. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Hartford, CT.

Rossetti, Z., Burke, M. M., Hall, S., & Lee, C. E. (2017, December). Enacting self-determination: How adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their siblings make decisions. Presentation at the TASH Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Sauer, J., & Rossetti, Z. (2017, April). Negotiating meanings of disability through the lived experience of culturally and linguistically diverse families. Paper presented at the 2017 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.

Rossetti, Z. (2017, April). Culturally and linguistically diverse parents’ participation and language access in IEP meetings. Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children 2017 Annual Convention & Expo, Boston, MA.

Rossetti, Z., & Sauer, J. (2016, June). Learning from culturally and linguistically diverse families with children who receive special education services. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Second City International Conference on Disability Studies in Education (Disability Studies in Education SIG of the American Educational Research Association), Des Moines, IA.

 Rossetti, Z. (2015, November). Friendship: The final frontier of inclusive education. Keynote Address at the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress 11th Annual Educators Forum for Supporting Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Worcester, MA.

Hall, S., & Rossetti, Z. (2015, June). 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.

Hall, S., & Rossetti, Z. (2015, April). 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. (2014, December). 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. (2014, June). 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. (2014, April). 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. (2014, April). 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.* (2013, December). Examples of time spent meaningfully by young adults with pervasive support needs. Presentation at the TASH Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Rossetti, Z., Lehr, D. Lederer, L., Pelerin, D.*, & Huang, S.* (2012, November). Time spent meaningfully by young adults with pervasive support needs. Presentation at the TASH Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA.

Rossetti, Z. (2011, December). Helping or hindering: Educator influence on social opportunities in inclusive settings. Presentation at the TASH Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Rossetti, Z., & Goessling, D. (2010, June). 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.

 

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