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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.


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Thursday, December 14 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Working Together: Cross-Cultural Collaboration between Mothers and Special Educators LIMITED

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Family/educator collaboration is at the heart of effective special education service delivery. This study examines the nature of family/educator interactions in the context of three Somali-American boys with autism. The mothers of the three boys represent a range of socioeconomic, marital, and educational backgrounds, much like the three teachers who also have varying levels of education and experiences with autism. Serial semi-structured interviews were used to gauge experiences and information from three different cases. A theme analysis revealed five central themes: (1) social status and level of parental education/knowledge of autism affects resource acquisition (2) teacher qualifications and background/experience can influence their role as a professional, (3) parents and professionals uniting for a common reason (4) translating families€™ goals and hopes into educational planning (5) importance of advocacy. Implications for practice will also be discussed (e.g., using different modes of communication [in-person meetings, phone calls, daily communication logs, etc.] that are comfortable to both the family and educator; opportunities for families to be involved in schools [dances, events, etc.])


Thursday December 14, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Imperial Ballroom, Salon A 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

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