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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together individuals with significant disabilities and their allies to share resources and success stories, learn about field-driven best practices, and network within a community engaged in shared values. The conference is attended by passionate advocates, leaders, and subject matter experts from every corner of the disability community. Conference attendees play an important role in supporting individuals with significant disabilities to overcome various barriers in order to live their best lives. Central to this work is the premise that individuals reach their optimal potential only when they are given the opportunity to live, work and thrive across the lifespan in the same communities we are all members of. The conference is intentionally designed to support the interests of professors and researchers from leading institutions; those involved in local, state, and federal governments and public policy; special and general educators, and school administrators; home and community-based service providers; students, family members, and most importantly, self-advocates with lived experience.

This year, while we are taking the conference virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe that our unique approach to providing exceptional first-rate content and building strong community ties and connections across various stakeholders will yield an extraordinary event! We have taken extra steps to bring people closer together during these times, as well as to create an amazing virtual environment that expands our knowledge, spurs our creative thinking, and focuses on healthy living and having fun!  Our conference theme, Feel the Power of Inclusion, reinforces the importance of our continued commitment to promoting a world of equity and opportunity for all, and is predicated on the value of bringing together diverse perspectives and experiences in an effort to build strong human connectivity and spur collective action.

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Tuesday, December 1 • 11:15am - 5:00pm
Track 3: Inclusive Education

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Day 1 Intensives: Inclusive Education Track

11:15 AM-12:30 PM EST: Challenging the Stigma of Disability in Education
Presenter: Alan Holdsworth
The session will explore strategies and policies that educators and students can adopt to challenge the stigma of disability in K-12 and in college and university campuses. The focus will be on changing and challenging damaging stereotypes and attitudes that still remain in education. Participants will learn about useful resources and tools that they can use, and will learn about the concept of disability pride and how to introduce this into curriculum and college life and how the language that we use is important in how attitudes about people with disabilities are shaped. The session will be a mixture of presentation, group discussion and Q & A.

12:45-2:00 PM EST: An Inclusive Life Starts with an Inclusive Education: Views from School Administrators
Presenter: Kurt A. Schneider, Jenny Sterpin, Kate Cavanaugh, Joanna Ford, Beth Carmody
This presentation aligns with the 2020 theme, "Feel the Power of Inclusion," by sharing the leadership and determination that school systems have demonstrated in order to pave the way for all people to have an inclusive life. The presenters will share their views on how school districts and individual schools in Illinois are eliciting and hearing the voices of people with disabilities to improve outcomes of students and their non-disabled peers. Presenters will describe their change processes, and how their districts and schools are evolving to develop relationships and networks to create a unified educational system based upon inclusive "TASH" values. The work of Theoharis and Causton-Theoharis (2008, 2014), Capper & Frattura (2008), and Schneider & Sands (2020) outlines a theory of how to create a vision for inclusive education and the related action steps. Through regional and individual district case examples shared, the alignment to such research will be highlighted.

2:15-3:30 PM EST: Equitable and Inclusive IEP Development Workshop
Presenters: Katie McCabe, Jennifer Kurth, Andrea Ruppar, Samantha Toews, Jessica McQueston, Elissa Lockman Turner
Through a series of research studies, we evaluated content in IEPs for students with extensive support needs (ESN). Findings from the studies yielded research to practice implications which have guided the topics for this interactive workshop. Participants in this workshop will develop strategies to produce and implement equitable and inclusive IEPs for students with ESN. The workshop is broken into sections pertaining to each component of the IEPs including: (a) writing strengths-based present levels of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP) statements, (b) enhancing family and student involvement, (c) implementing supplementary aids and services to improve participation in general education, (d) using PLAAFP statements to determine the least restrictive environment by identifying necessary supports to increase general education access, and (e) creating measurable and inclusive goals. This workshop is designed for current educators, families, and teacher educators.

3:45-5:00 PM EST: Meaningful Access to Core Curriculum: IEP Goals, Modifications, Adaptations K-12
Presenter: Kathy Gee
This presentation will provide participants with key knowledge and skills related to understanding how children/youth with the most extensive support needs (ESN) can and should be involved in the core curriculum with their typical peers. The focus will be on process, cognitive scaffolding, IEP goal development, and strategies for supporting meaningful learning within the activities of general education core curricular units. Participants will be introduced to the core standards and how to pull the 'key ideas' and concepts from the standards in order to both develop goals and to provide learning support. Multiple examples will be provided for both elementary and secondary students. Activities will be used to engage participants in problem solving around case examples.

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Kathy Gee

Professor, California State University, Sacramento
inclusive education, meaningful access to core curriculum; augmentative communication; PBIS; elementary and secondary education; resaerch
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Jessica McQueston

Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University
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Katie McCabe

Doctoral Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Katie McCabe is a doctoral candidate in special education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a former rural special educator, Katie’s work puts emphasis on supporting teachers to implement inclusive practices in rural areas for students with the most significant support... Read More →

Beth Carmody

Principal, Winnetka Public Schools District 36
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Kurt A. Schneider

Superintendent, NSSED
Dr. Kurt A. Schneider is currently the Superintendent of the Northern Suburban Special Education District in Highland Park, Illinois, a metropolitan suburban district of Chicago that provides special education, related services, and other supports to 18 member districts. Previously... Read More →
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Andrea Ruppar

University of Wisconsin-Madison
I'm an Associate Professor of Special Education at University of Wisconsin-Madison. I study educational decision making for students with extensive support needs.
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Jennifer Kurth

Associate Professor, University of Kansas
Inclusive Education
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Dr. Jennifer Sterpin

Executive Director of Special Education, Compliance and Grant Management, Lake Forest High School District 67 & 115
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Alan Holdsworth

Director, DEE
I have been a disability rights advocate for 35 years organizing direct action in the UK and USA. I am also a well known Singer Songwriter.(Johnny Crescendo). Currently I am working on ending the stigma of disability in Education and spreading disability arts and pride throughout... Read More →
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Joanna Ford

Asst. Superintendent for Student Services, Deerfield School District 109
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Samantha Gross Toews

Assistant Professor, Cal State University Northridge
Samantha Toews is an assistant professor at California State University Northridge in the Special Education Department. She was previously a special education teacher at WISH Charter School. Her research focusses teacher preparation and professional development to promote inclusive... Read More →
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Elissa Lockman Turner

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Kansas
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Russell Johnston

Assistant Professor, California State University, Fullerton
Russell Johnston earned his Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Kansas in 2019. Prior to the Ph. D., Russell Johnston earned his B.A. in Communication Disorders in 2012 from California State University, Los Angeles and his M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from... Read More →

Tuesday December 1, 2020 11:15am - 5:00pm EST
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