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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
Teacher Perceptions of Preparedness for Working with Students with Chronic Medical Conditions

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Students with significant medical conditions are being included in curriculum, schools, and classrooms like never before (Macini & Layton, 2004). However, supporting students with medical diagnoses requires ranging interventions that teachers may feel unprepared for due to a lack of training and systems of supports (Macini & Layton, 2004). This study presents teachers' reported perceptions of preparedness for working with students with chronic and significant medical diagnoses based on a review of the current research. In total, 15 surveys conducted from 2000-2020 were analyzed to determine teachers reported training, supports, and perceptions of students with chronic and complex medical diagnoses. Results indicate that overall teachers feel unprepared to support students with significant health needs, report a lack of preparation and training for work with this diverse and unique population, and desire additional and more focused training.

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Kyleigh Ivory

Instructor, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
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Kailey Smith

Student, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
I am a senior at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania studying Special Education and Elementary Education.
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Robin Smith

Student, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

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