Special Education M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa

Second Reader

Nathan Elliott;


This literature review examines the benefits of inclusion in sports and activities for those with intellectual disabilities, the barriers that exist that inhibit or prohibit the inclusion, and the supports that can be implemented to establish an inclusive environment for students with disabilities and their families. The author analyzed the results of studies that focused on the experiences of students with intellectual disabilities between the ages of 14 and 21 with publication years between 2010 to 2022. The results show the social and self-perception benefits of inclusion, the material, community, and emotional barriers to participation, and key supports that have been shown to create inclusive environments for those with intellectual disabilities.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis