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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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Friday, December 15 • 1:10pm - 2:00pm
The Unknown: Suicide and People with Disabilities LIMITED

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Understanding suicide risk factors among people with disabilities is a complex issue; not the least of which is the fact suicide is often misunderstood, under reported, and often a taboo subject. Several studies indicate that people with disabilities may be at a higher risk for suicide. For example, students with a disability have higher rates of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts than their general education peers (Wachter & Bouck, 2008). Although the suicide rate among people with disabilities as a whole is not known (Giannini et al., 2010), the presence of specific disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, spinal cord injury, and multiple sclerosis (Giannini et al., 2010) as well as emotional behavioral disorders (Fleischmann, Bertolote, Belfer, & Beautrais, 2005) may increase suicide risk. However, although the presence of a disability may indicate higher suicide risk (Meltzer et al., 2012), several other confounding factors exist such as social isolation (Patterson, Dohn, Bird, & Patterson, 1983), depression (Hamrick, Goldman, Sapp, & Kohler, 2004; Wachter & Bouck, 2008), functional limitations, and the worsening of a current disability (Meltzer et al., 2011). In addition, suicide risk factors impacting all people may come into play as well but may not be fully recognized and acknowledged in people with disabilities (Grill, 1998). The purpose of this proposed presentation is to (a) discuss risk factors for suicide and how that may impact people with disabilities, (b) identify protective factors that work to diminish risk factors and implement them for people with disabilities, and (c) provide means for evaluating risk and preventing suicide attempts.


Friday December 15, 2017 1:10pm - 2:00pm EST
M303 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303