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June E. Downing, Ph.D.

June E. Downing, Ph.D. Biography:

June E. Downing, Ph.D., was a national leader in the field of special education who focused her expertise, time, and energy researching best practices and advocating for individuals with severe and multiple disabilities. She was a steadfast promoter of inclusive education, viewing access to the general education program and peers without disabilities as best practice, as well as an issue of social equality and civil rights. Dr. Downing was an exceptionally productive scholar who published numerous articles, chapters, monographs, and textbooks focusing on the education and inclusion of students with severe and multiple disabilities. Her publications are used by many educators and parents to learn how to provide quality education in inclusive classrooms to students with severe and multiple disabilities. Dr. Downing provided numerous professional development trainings in many regions of the world and served as the keynote speaker at several national and international conferences. She was known for her practical, invigorating, and humorous presentations and workshops. Dr. Downing's career in the field of special education began as a teacher of students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities including deafblindness. She was Associate Professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson and Professor at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She directed or codirected several federally funded personnel preparation, research-to-practice, and technical assistance projects and was committed to preparing exceptional, highly qualified teachers, whose role she saw as change agents for the future. Through Dr. Downing's teaching and hands-on guidance, her students developed a passion for teaching and a strong commitment to supporting quality lives for students with disabilities and their families. While at CSUN, Dr. Downing contributed to the development of the CHIME Institute's Charter School and was instrumental in its high-quality inclusive educational practices. Dr. Downing served on the National TASH Board of Directors for six years and was Past President of Cal-TASH and AZ-TASH (the California and Arizona state chapters of TASH). She also served as an associate editor of Research and Practices for Persons with Severe Disabilities. Dr. Downing retired from CSUN in 2007 and returned to Tucson, where she lived until her death in July 2011. Her indomitable spirit, passion, and determination have been a driving force in our field, and her work continues to inspire and create positive and successful learning outcomes for students.

June E. Downing, Ph.D.'s Books

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  • Quick-Guides to Inclusion

    ISBN: 978-1-55766-897-4


    The bestselling, teacher–trusted Quick–Guides to Inclusion gives busy K—12 educators quick, real–world inclusion advice that really works—in any classroom and with any budget. Includes easily implemented tips, examples, and ideas for addressing essential inclusion topics, such as literacy, partnerships with parents, positive behavior support, and curriculum adaptations.

    Layflat $39.95 Qty:
  • Including Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities in Typical Classrooms

    ISBN: 978-1-55766-908-7


    Revised to reflect the realities of today's K–12 classrooms, this newly updated, best-selling resource gives teachers all the latest research-based, practical strategies for fully including students with sensory impairments and cognitive and physical disabilities.

    Paperback $46.95 Qty:
  • Practically Speaking

    ISBN: 978-1-55766-951-3


    Accessible addition to the AAC series that offers practical, targeted tools for advancing the communicative competence of children who use AAC.

    Paperback $42.95 Qty:
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