The Developmental Disabilities Network Journal is an open-source academic journal focused on rigorous scholarship about disability systems and the value and impact of the Developmental Disabilities network. This network is comprised of organizations and programs that conduct interdisciplinary pre-service preparation, advocacy, research, community services, and information dissemination with and on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. We also welcome scholarship from programs with a similar focus on disability rights, community living, and interdisciplinary research. This journal specifically highlights programs, practices, and policies that encourage the full inclusion of people with disabilities in communities and all aspects of public life.

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Current Issue: Volume 4, Issue 1 (2024)



Matt Wappett


Exploring Parent/Caregiver Perspectives of Self-Determination and Its Impact on Mental Health in Adolescents with and without Disabilities
Jessica Schuttler, Sydney Walls, Tyler Hicks, Karrie Shogren, Hannah Adams, and Richard a Chapman


Project ATTAIN: Advancing Trauma-Informed Care for Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and/or Gender Diverse Youth
Kady F. Sternberg, Charlotte E. Bausha, Charlotte Jones, Erin Knight, Crystal N. Steltenpohl, Rebecca R. Parton, Jennifer L. McLaren, and Erin R. Barnett


Peer-Mediated Family Support Project: Evaluation of Changes in Family Quality of Life
Preethy S. Samuel, Elizabeth Janks, Nia S. Anderson, Michael Bray, Christina Topolewski, and Sharon Milberger


Professional Development Strategies for Treating People with IDD and Mental Health Needs
Jennifer L. McLaren, Elizabeth Grosso, and Karen L. Weigle