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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 • 10:45am - 11:35am
Turning the Hearts of Parents to Children: How Pre-service Teachers Learn Advocacy LIMITED

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I am excited to share how pre-service teachers, as a result of the interactions in my course on family collaboration, have risen to the occasion in their attitudes, skills, and dispositions towards partnering with families of students with disabilities. Although it may be difficult to fully convey to the participants in this brief presentation that which occurs across the course of a full semester of advocacy training, my presentation can at least be considered a rehearsal for learning, applying, and teaching sound interpersonal interaction and reflective skills. The presentation addresses how participants rise towards the level of full advancement described by Fialka, Feldman, and Mikus (2012), as "creative partnering and collaborating" (p.26) in which "The security that comes from knowing that one's hopes, dreams, goals, and concerns are truly important to and valued by one's partner enables a kind of exploration and problem solving that results in brand-new solutions and fresh ideas for intervention." (p.27) Advocacy is rising to the occasion for advancing supports and services for people with disabilities and their families. In concert with the upwardly mobile element of the conference theme I interject a musical analogy present in, Fialka, Feldman and Mikus (2012) text "Parents and Professionals partnering for children with disabilities: A dance that matters". In my experience this text has served as a source of harmony in the choreography of advocacy. For the advocacy partnership between professionals, teachers, and most importantly, the children, to be complete, preservice teachers need an advocacy-rich environment in which to learn the dance of partnership. I give this presentation in the spirit of raising my voice with those of others who are training personnel to become better advocates for TASH's cause. Partnership is the heart of advocacy. My presentation, the title of which paraphrases Malachi's memorable words, promotes the need for preservice teachers to be a collaborative catalyst, early in their career, for lifting up parents with their children, in providing services that include and support them. In addition to teaching the knowledge and skills that are required for successful advocacy, I hope that my presentation will reinforce the powerful role special education teachers and participants of the TASH conference should continue to embrace: Turning the hearts of parents to their children and of children to their parents.

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Friday December 15, 2017 10:45am - 11:35am
L403 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

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