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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Still We Rise for Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion,” shows the resilience of individuals with disabilities and their families across the lifespan. Conference attendees will celebrate their passion for disability rights, civil rights, and human rights while exploring inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs. Return to TASH website.

Wednesday, December 13 • 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Project FOCUS: From College to Competitive Employment for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities LIMITED

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While typical students graduate high school after four years and transition to work and or higher education, these options are historically not available to students with intellectual disabilities. This presentation will describe Project FOCUS (Focusing Opportunities with Community and University Support). The University of Arizona's College of Education in collaboration with local school districts supports this fully inclusive postsecondary transition option for young adults, age 18-22 who have significant intellectual disabilities. Project FOCUS facilitates access and inclusion to the University of Arizona's academic courses, internship experiences, and college life events in order to increase each student's independence, employability, and quality of life. Prior to starting their college experience, each student has a person-centered plan, then receive individualized academic, employment, social, and emotional instruction throughout the two year program. Students are supported by same-aged undergraduate peer mentors who are trained to implement best practices. Project FOCUS is committed to support students and their families build a bridge to gainful employment through partnerships with local businesses and state service agencies, and develop meaningful friendships, greater self-determination, and self-confidence. These experiences, skills, and collaborations gained positively influence and reshape community perceptions of individuals who have significant intellectual disabilities for greater equity for all.

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Kirsten Lansey

Doctoral Student, University of Arizona
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Colleen Middleton

Coordinator, Project FOCUS

Wednesday December 13, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
M301 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303