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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 • 9:35am - 10:25am
Implementing Emergent Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities in General Education Classrooms LIMITED

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The presenters will describe a randomized controlled trial funded by the Institute of Education Sciences to investigate the effectiveness of a promising emergent reading program developed for students with intellectual disabilities and autism when it is implemented in small group contexts in general education classrooms--with classmates participating on a rotating basis in the reading lessons. Although the reading program has a strong evidence base, all of the previous efficacy research was conducted in special education classroom settings. We hypothesized that the program not only could be implemented successfully and effectively in general education classrooms, but also that the peers would benefit from their participation in the reading lessons; that is, we anticipated that the opportunity provided to peers to observe their classmates with disabilities as competent, emerging readers and to engage with them in supported, positive interactions would produce positive changes in their perceptions of the students' characteristics and abilities. We will share with participants not only the results related to the changes in the emergent reading skills of students participating in the study, but also the changes in peer attitudes associated with their experiences as "reading buddies."


Lakshmi Balasubramanian

Ph.D Student, University of California, Berkeley
Lakshmi Balasubramanian is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Joint Doctoral program at UC Berkeley with San Francisco State University (SFSU). She is also an inclusion specialist at Fremont Unified School District and piloted the Learning Center Model for Inclusion at the elementary... Read More →
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Pam Hunt

Professor, San Francisco State University
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Vidya Munandar

University of Kansas

Friday December 15, 2017 9:35am - 10:25am
L402 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

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