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Abstract

As policies regarding students with disabilities in education have changed to support inclusive approaches, the field of art education must consider the translation of these concepts to Prek-12 art and design curriculum. This study examines inclusive curriculum content regarding the inclusion and representation of disability in Prek-12 visual art and design classrooms in Illinois. It utilized a descriptive survey design that involved art and design education teachers throughout the state. These data provide information on the general state of art and design education while also considering the connections between theory and practice. Data from this study indicate that although art teachers include representations of disability as part of their curriculum, further inclusion of disability arts could be made. This article contributes to research examining the intersection between disability studies, inclusion, and special education in Prek-12 schools.

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