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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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Thursday, December 3 • 5:15pm - 5:30pm
Teaching AAC Device Users with Autism to Switch Languages

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices are used to provide individuals with a mode to communicate. AAC devices are typically programmed in the language used at school. For students who are dual language learners, this may limit their ability to communicate within their home, family, or community. Therefore, it is imperative that educators and service providers consider the linguistic diversity of students in the implementation of communication interventions involving AAC devices. One way to acknowledge linguistic diversity of dual language learners is to teach students to switch between their native language and language spoken in the school environment. A multiple-baseline across participants design will be used. It is hypothesized that including the home language in the programming of AAC devices may increase the likelihood of the device being used in the home environment.

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Kendra Antill

Doctoral Student, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Thursday December 3, 2020 5:15pm - 5:30pm EST
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