• Research Manager 3
  • Co-director Research and Training Center on Outcome Measurement
  • Co-director of the Global Resource Center for Inclusive Education
+1 612-625-5592
Institute On Community Integration
Room 111C PtH [map]
150 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Brian Abery, Ph.D, is the Coordinator of School-Age Services at the Institute on Community Integration (ICI) and an adjunct faculty member within the Institute on Child Development and School Psychology Programs at the University of Minnesota. He has been Principal Investigator of numerous projects designed to enhance the educational outcomes, social inclusion, and self-determination of persons with disabilities both at a national and international level. His international work includes implementation of the Response to Intervention framework in India and the implementation of Inclusive Service Learning in Costa Rica. Dr. Abery holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology and has an extensive background in research, assessment, program development, and evaluation related to children, youth, and adults with disabilities.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)



North Central Regional Resource Center General Supervision Enhancement Grants (NCRRC GSEG) [Archived]

Examined the intended and unintended consequences of states' large-scale alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS). Federal law requires states to conduct AA-AAS for…


Together We Make a Difference: Inclusive Service Learning as part of 4-H Youth Development Programs [Archived]

Instilled hope, a sense of purpose, self-confidence, and a positive vision of the future among at-risk, high school youth with and without disabilities through a year-long inclusive service…


American Youth Leadership Program: Learning to Serve...Serving to Learn [Archived]

Enables high school students with and without disabilities, and their educators, from the U.S. and Costa Rica to learn and serve together while enhancing their cultural understanding, global…


Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Award 2013: A Sustainable Response to Intervention Model for Successful Inclusion of Children with Disabilities [Archived]

Fosters university-, district- and school-level partnerships between India and the U.S., using the Response to Intervention (RTI) education framework. RTI is a model for a school-wide process that…


International Triangle Grant [Archived]

Collaborates with colleagues from Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University in Siberia on development of a technology-based General Outcome Measures system for use by educators to assess basic…


Inclusive Service Learning Project (formerly the Bubel/Aiken Inclusive Service Learning Project) [Archived]

Developed a sustainable, long-term inclusive service learning program that brings together K-12 students with a wide range of abilities to participate in service learning and bridge the gap between…


Supporting the Self Determination of Adults and Transition Age Youth within the Family Context [Archived]

Develops and conducts initial field-testing of a six-lesson training program designed to help families better support the self determination of their young adult or adult with intellectual and/or…


Identifying the Critical Elements Associated with High Fidelity Adoption of Programs that Support and Enhance the Quality of Life for Persons with IDD

Conducts a longitudinal study to identify the critical elements of health care coordination for people with physical disabilities and examines the relationship of these elements to health-related…


Assessments of Students with Significant Disabilities: A Russia-U.S. Partnership (UPP) [Archived]

Establishes a partnership between the University of Minnesota (UMN) and Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University (KSPU), Russia, to develop and evaluate a system of formative assessment suited for…


International Institute on Progress Monitoring (IIPM)

Develops formative assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities using technology. There is a real need for progress monitoring measures that teachers can regularly use in the…


Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on HCBS Outcome Measurement (RTC-OM)

Evaluates measures of the quality of life experienced by people with disabilities as a result of receiving services and supports. Past measures tended to focus on money spent on services for…


Enhancing the Inclusion of Children and Youth with Disabilities in Armenia: University of Minnesota - Armenian State Pedagogical University Partnership

Builds a sustainable partnership between the University of Minnesota and Armenian State Pedagogical University (ASPU), the only university in that eastern European country that trains both general…


Evaluation of the Effectiveness of CareProfiler Post-Hire System for Supervisors in Residential, Assisted Living, and Community Based Settings for People with IDD and Aging Needs

Validates a post-hire support system for frontline supervisors and direct support professionals (DSPs). The system developed by CareProfiler is designed to maximize services for people with…


U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Project: Developing Systems to Support the Employment and Community Inclusion of Young Adults with Disabilities

Creates virtual and in-person platforms for dialogues between professionals and parents who support young adults with disabilities in Russia and the U.S. The goal is to develop opportunities and…


Special Olympics Partnerships

ICI researchers (Abery, Ticha, and Houseworth) have received funding from Special Olympics International, North America, and Minnesota (SOI, SONA, and SOMN) to collaborate on initiatives to develop…


Community Participation and Employment as Strategies for Social inclusion: A U.S.-Russian Dialogue

Enhances the social inclusion of Russian youth and young adults with disabilities by developing community living and supported employment programs in the Moscow area. Options in Russia for…


Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Community Living and Participation (ARRT)

Trains one or two post-doctoral participants each year, offering them a program that is rich in research training and experience that is focused on community living and participation of persons…


State Consortium to Examine the Consequential Validity of Alternate Assessments Based on Alternate Achievement Standards: A Longitudinal Study (AA-AAS) [Archived]

Conducted a nine-year longitudinal study to ascertain the consequential evidence of the AA-AAS used within the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The goal of this project was to…


Effects of a Validated, Field-Tested, Self-Determination Training Program in a Randomized Control Trial Design [Archived]

Conducted the first large-scale study of the effects of a self-determination training intervention with Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) designed to support the self-determination of persons…


Health Care Coordination for Individuals with Physical Disabilities [Archived]

Studied health care coordination and its impact on the lives of people with disabilities. This longitudinal study project included an environmental scan and a series of focus groups to generate and…


National Gateway on Self-Determination for Persons with Developmental Disabilities [Archived]

Established training programs nationwide to assist persons with disabilities in practicing self-determination in their lives.


Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)

Conducts a wide range of research, training, and technical assistance and dissemination projects related to community supports under its center grant and related project funding. The RTC-CL is…


Improving the Self-Determination of Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Wisconsin

Develops an education and technical assistance program for general education teachers in ten schools (five middle schools and five high schools) in Wisconsin, providing them with strategies to…


Making Employment Meaningful for People with Disabilities: A U.S.-Japan Partnership

Japanese companies are required to staff about two percent of their workforces with people with disabilities, but many individuals remain unemployed, underemployed, or stuck in jobs for which they…


Partnering to Transform Health Outcomes with Persons with IDD (PATH-PWIDD)

ICI is collaborating with several organizations on this project, which was developed to improve health and healthcare for persons with IDD by improving education received by students and…


Understanding, Developing, and Supporting Meaningful Work for Youth with Disabilities in Bhutan: Networks, Communities, and Transitions

Supports the inclusive community employment of youth and young adults with disabilities in Bhutan, a mountainous kingdom in south central Asia. This program of research and development will be…


Ecological Momentary Assessment of Leisure Activity Participation Among Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

This project aims to use an ecological momentary assessment (EMA) to better understand the patterns of leisure activity among adults with ASD who live independently and to examine the relationships…


Developing Leadership Capacity in Inclusive Education: A U.S.-Ukrainian Partnership

Builds capacity in inclusive education practices at the university and public school levels in six regions of Ukraine through lectures, a train-the-trainer model, and mentoring by U.S. experts.…


Community-Based Collaborative Transition Model for Minnesota Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

This Project of National Significance aims to increase the community-based employment, participation in higher education, and independence of youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities…


Impact: Feature Issue on Social Inclusion Through Recreation for Persons with Disabilities

A newsletter issue proposing that one way to increase the social inclusion of individuals with disabilities is for children, youth and adults with and without disabilities to play together. While…

Published: Summer 2003

Impact: Feature Issue on Supporting the Social Well-Being of Children and Youth with Disabilities

A newsletter issue presenting practical and insightful articles about supporting the social well-being of children and youth with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities in the settings…

Published: Spring/Summer 2011

Moving toward an inclusive education system: Lessons from the U.S. and their potential application in the Czech Republic and other Central and Eastern European countries

In this article, we present the historical and current developments of inclusive education (IE) in the U.S. in the context of recent changes toward a more inclusive approach to education (IE) in…

Published: 2017

Impact: Feature Issue on Self-Determination and Supported Decision-Making for People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities

An issue in the  Impact  series that looks at how people with disabilities are exercising and experiencing self-determination in the U.S. and other countries today, and at the emergence of…

Published: Fall 2019

Through Asking the Right Questions... You Can Reach Your Destination

A pocket guide containing questions for families and persons with disabilities to ask as they interview residential service providers and decide which are best suited to meet their support needs.

Published: 1999

HCBS Outcome Framework Results

A webinar for policymakers and family members on the results of the process used to validate the National Quality Forum HCBS Outcome Framework.

Published: 2017

Measuring Outcomes of People with Disabilities in the US: Current Challenges and Opportunities

Over the past decade as a best practice and in compliance with federal and state HCBS policies, U.S. states are required to measure the impact of the services they provide to persons with…

Published: 2021

Inclusive Education Strategies: A Toolkit for Armenia

This toolkit was designed by faculty and staff from the University of Minnesota and Armenian State Pedagogical University (ASPU) in the Republic of Armenia to help educators to include students…

Published: 2019

Choice, preference, and disability: Promoting self-determination across the lifespan

This book examines choice and preference in the lives of people with disability, focusing on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It provides an overview of choice and examines…

Published: 2/12/2021

School and Classroom Disabilities Inclusion Guide for Low- and Middle-Income Countries

This guide emphasizes that inclusive education – which fully engages all children in quality education, including children with various types of disabilities or other learning challenges – is…

Published: January 2017

Observations of Academic Instruction for Students With Significant Intellectual Disability: Three States, Thirty-Nine Classrooms, One View

As part of the validation process for alternate assessments, 39 classroom observations were conducted to gather data about current practices in providing academic instruction to students with…

Published: 2013

Self-Determination and Choice

Promoting self-determination and choice opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities has become best practice in the field. This article reviews the research and…

Published: 2013

Disability-Inclusion Resources for Employment, Coaching, and Training

The Online Resource and Learning Center was developed by experts in the US, UK and Bhutan as part of an international collaborative titled Understanding, Developing, and Supporting Meaningful Work for Youth with Disabilities in Bhutan: Networks, Communities, and Transitions. This resource is designed to support the socio-economic inclusion of persons with disabilities in low and middle income countries. The online modules cover the topics of Inclusive Employment, Transition and Work-Based Learning, and Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy, among others.

Published: 4/12/2021

The Spanish version of the Teacher Efficacy for Inclusive Practice (TEIP) scale: Adaptation and psychometric properties

The Teacher Efficacy for Inclusive Practice (TEIP) scale is an instrument created by Sharma et al. to assess efficacy of instruction in inclusive settings. Despite its increase in use, the TEIP has…

Published: 2020-04-15

Inclusive Education Strategies: A Textbook

This textbook   is a resource for implementing inclusive education practices in Armenia, other post-Soviet countries, and countries on the path to a more inclusive education and society. The…

Published: 2018

Indicators of Self-Determination in Wisconsin using National Core Indicators Data

This report examined indicators of self-determination in the state of Wisconsin, in the region, and nationally for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) using the…

Published: 2020


  • Community life
    • Community supports and services
      • Friendships and social relationships
        • Person-centered planning and practices
          • Quality outcomes
            • Self-advocacy and self-determination
              • Social inclusion
              • Culture and diversity
                • International initiatives
                • Education practices (K12 and transition)
                  • Inclusive education
                    • Inclusive service learning
                    • Educational accountability and assessment
                      • Assessment (large-scale, alternate)
                        • Assessment of individuals
                          • IDEA
                          • Health and safety
                            • Healthcare
                            • Housing and residential services
                              • Consumer/self-directed services
                              • Specific disability
                                • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
                                  • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)
                                    • Multiple disabilities
                                      • Other health impairment
                                        • Physical disability
                                        • Specific life stage
                                          • Adolescents and young adults
                                            • Adults
                                              • Children


                                              • Dissemination
                                                • Evaluation
                                                  • Outreach
                                                    • Research
                                                      • Technical assistance
                                                        • Training and professional development