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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 • 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Best Practices to Support Inclusive Education for Students with Complex Health Care Needs LIMITED

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This presentation will address implications for best practices identified in three studies previously conducted by the presenters to plan for equitable access to inclusive education in school and the community for students with intellectual disabilities and complex health care needs. A review of the literature on this topic will also be incorporated into the presentation. Topics addressed will provide a practical overview of research-based and recommended best practices to support inclusive education for this population. Essential strategies to be covered will include: (a) IEP teaming to plan for inclusive education; (b) expanded health care plans and emergencies plans that address health care needs in inclusive settings; (c) disclosure of health care needs to peers without disabilities; (d) school-re-entry plans for prolonged illness or hospitalization; (e) assistive technology including teleconferencing or telehealth for students who are unable to physically attend school for temporary or prolonged periods; and (f) school-wide strategies to promote a climate of safety and belonging. The primary presenter is a parent of a child with autism and complex health care needs and a researcher that focuses on issues related to inclusive education and self-care in specialized health care procedures in school and community settings. Attendees will also be invited to join a TASH Facebook page that was established at the 2016 National TASH Conference. The public group page is titled: "Inclusion for Individuals with Disabilities and Health Care Needs" and currently has a membership representative of diverse stakeholder groups including parents and siblings, individuals with health care needs, teachers, and other professionals, and researchers. This forum will continue to serve as a means of keeping TASH members connected on issues related to inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities and co-existing complex health care needs.


Sarah Ballard

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Stacy Dymond

Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Stacy Dymond is professor of special education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on curriculum issues related to educating secondary and transition-age students with severe intellectual disabilities in inclusive school and community settings... Read More →

Friday December 15, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm EST
L406 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303