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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 • 1:00pm - 4:10pm
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George H. Singer, Ph.D.

Teaching Safety Skills Needed for Community Living to Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
Kelly Kearney, Ph.D.; Michael Brady, Ph.D; David Garcia, Ed.D, BCBA-D

This research symposium will present findings from four different studies that focused on teaching safety skills to individuals with developmental disabilities. The session will end with discussion around safety skill acquisition and emergency preparedness instruction as a means to facilitate independent community living for adults with developmental disabilities. The four studies discussed will be: Using Modeling and Rehearsal to Teach Fire Safety to Children with Autism Teaching Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Safe Pedestrian Skills Using Video Modeling with In Situ Video Prompting Using Peer-Mediated Literacy-Based Behavioral Interventions to Increase First Aid Safety Skills in Students with Developmental Disabilities Using Total Task Chaining to Teach Adults with Developmental Disabilities to Perform CPR.

1:45-1:50 – Questions & Answers

Educational Services for Students who are Deafblind: Filling in the Gaps
Genevieve Francoeur-Anderson; Silvia Correa-Torres, Ph.D.; Lanya McKittrick; Tara Brown-Ogilvie

Dual sensory loss results in a unique disability that cannot be understood simply by adding up the effects of vision loss with the effects of hearing loss. Children who are deafblind have complex learning needs that cannot be appropriately addressed within special education programs solely for children with deafness or blindness. Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Teachers of the Deaf, and Orientation and Mobility Specialists are called upon to meet the unique needs of students who are deafblind. This presentation will explore how teachers and service providers meet the challenge of providing educational services to these students. It will review the findings from four different studies all of which examined how children who are deafblind are being educated. Current practices employed by the educators who work with students who are deafblind and their perceived needs when working with this population will be presented. The evaluation of the educational services provided to children who are deafblind is essential to ensuring an equitable education in an inclusive setting.

2:30-2:35 – Questions & Answers

Finding Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion From State to State in Inclusive Post-Secondary Education
Ann Marie Licata, Ph.D.; Clare Papay, Ph.D.; Beth Myers, Ed.D.;  Micah Fialka-Feldman, Self-Advocate; Margo Vreeburg Izzo, Ph.D.; Mary E. Morningstar, Ph.D.

Developing Supports for Full Academic Inclusion of Students with Intellectual Disabilities in a Large University
+ To describe the process and outcomes associated with universally designed supports for students and faculty engaged in the KU Transition to Postsecondary Education (KU TPE) project. We will share preliminary results for supporting students with intellectual disability who are fully included in university coursework.
Enhancing Employment Outcomes through Inclusive Postsecondary Education
+ Numerous researchers report that employment outcomes for youth with ID are among the poorest of any disability group. We will describe the types of inclusive postsecondary services that are delivered to increase employment outcomes. Researchers will describe the intensity and variety of inclusive services such as internships in integrated settings that increase student outcomes. We will share on-line resources so others can replicate evidence based practices.
Inclusive Universe: Student Representation and Self-Advocacy in Inclusive Higher Education
+ The voices of students with disability are often marginalized in higher education research. This work aims to center the work of students with intellectual and developmental disability in inclusive higher education, creating space for self-representation around the college experience.
Measuring the Quality of Life in Inclusive Postsecondary Education
+ This work aims to show the change in one's perceived "Quality of Life" as a result of participation in an authentically inclusive postsecondary education program at Millersville University.

3:15-3:20 – Questions & Answers

Measuring the Gap: State of Math Research and Practice in Severe Disabilities
Jenny Root, Ph.D., BCBA; Alicia Saunders, Ph.D.; Angel Lee, Ph.D.; Fred Spooner, Ph.D.

The importance of high quality instruction for students with severe disabilities continues to be at the forefront of legislatures, researchers, practitioners, and parents (e.g., Endrew v. Douglas County). Consideration of the "school effects"? of mathematics highlights the importance of access to the full general education curriculum, as unlike literacy, school is likely the only place individuals with severe disability will receive instruction in mathematics (Van de Walle et al., 2016). Intensive and systematic instruction is the key to equity, opportunity, and inclusion in the area of mathematics. It has been documented that students with severe disability can learn academic skills when provided high-quality instruction (e.g., Spooner, McKissick, & Knight, 2017). While the field's knowledge of effective practices is expanding as a result of an increased emphasis on academic learning for students with severe disability, the impact the evidence-based practice movement on teacher preparation, planning, and instruction in the area of mathematics for students with severe disability is unknown. Simply increasing research knowledge and hoping to see a corresponding increase in practice does not fulfill the promise of standards-based instruction for students with severe disability. This research symposium will present the current state of research and practice in mathematics instruction for students with severe disability.

4:00-4:05 – Questions & Answers

Closing remarks
George H. Singer, Ph.D.

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Silvia Correa-Torres

Professor, University of Northern Colorado
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Kelly Kearney

Florida Atlantic University
People can talk to me about:Inclusive educationMicroenterprisesBehavior analysis
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Ann Marie Licata

Director, Pennsylvania Inclusive Higher Education Consortium
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Lanya (Lane) McKittrick

Research Analyst, Center on Reinventing Public Education
I am a mother of 3 children with disabilities as well as a special education researcher. Because of my personal experiences, I went back to get my PhD in Special Education. My research interests are Family-Professional Partnerships, Deafblindness, Self-determination, Student-Led IEP... Read More →
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Mary Morningstar

Professor, Portland State University
Dr. Mary E. Morningstar is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at Portland State University and Director of the Transition Coalition, which offers online, hybrid and in-person professional development and resources for secondary special educators and transition... Read More →
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Clare Papay

Senior Research Associate, Think College, UMass Boston
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Jenny Root

Assistant Professor of Special Education, Florida State University
Jenny would like to talk to you about general curriculum access, teaching math to students with autism/intellectual disability, and how teachers make instructional decisions for students with extensive support needs. Jenny was the 2015 TASH Alice Hayden award winner.
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Alicia Saunders

UNC Charlotte
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Fred Spooner

Professor, UNC Charlotte

Thursday December 14, 2017 1:00pm - 4:10pm
L401 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

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