2017 TASH Conference has ended

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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Jennifer Sommerness, Ed.S.

University of St Thomas; Welcome Spoken Here
Adjunct Professor; Educational Consultant
Minneapolis, MN
Jennifer Sommerness, Ed.S., is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at the University of St. Thomas. She has spent the past 25 years studying best practices for inclusive education, as well as the areas of educational administration and professional development that are required to implement and sustain change within school systems, leading to better outcomes for all students.

As an educational consultant, she works with administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals and families across the country, supporting their work in improving inclusive practices and creating systems change. Her presentations focus on what she has learned through the years regarding collaborative teaming; strength-based and person-centered IEPs; paraprofessional development; and true access to academics through modifications and adaptations that meet the needs of students and teachers alike.

Jennifer is currently writing the book, "What Success Looks Like: A Guide to Inclusive Schools and Communities"; has co-authored a job-embedded paraprofessional curriculum, as well as numerous articles and chapters within educational research and practitioner journals.
Wednesday, December 13

10:15am EST

1:00pm EST

3:30pm EST

7:00pm EST

7:30pm EST

Thursday, December 14

8:15am EST

9:45am EST

10:55am EST

1:00pm EST

4:25pm EST

4:30pm EST

Friday, December 15

4:20pm EST