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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
A Systematic Review of Mand Training Parameters for Students with IDD in Schools

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Many individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) fail to acquire manding repertoires (i.e., requesting) sufficient for success in a range of environments. Further, those without this essential repertoire may exhibit increased levels of problem behaviors to access reinforcers or escape aversive stimuli. Since school plays a critical role in the lives of most children with IDD, educators are responsible for ensuring all students receive adequate instruction in the use of mands. Unfortunately, many educators may be unfamiliar with procedures for implementing mand training and many may not see themselves as responsible for communication instruction. To more strongly advocate for the inclusion of mand training procedures in schools and teacher preparation programs, it is important to better understand literature related to mand training in schools. In the current poster, the presenters will provide data related to mand training for students with IDD in schools.

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Dr. Melissa Tapp

Assistant Professor
Dr. Melissa Tapp is an assistant professor of special education in the teacher education department and joined Catawba in 2022. Dr. Tapp completed her Ph.D. (2022) and M.Ed. (2010) in special education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Previously, she has worked in... Read More →

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