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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
State Policies that Impact Inclusive Higher Education

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Increasingly, young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have the opportunity to achieve a life-long goal of attending college (Cook et al., 2015). Federal and state laws addressing education for K-12 learners mandates college and career readiness for all students; however, there are limited post-secondary opportunities for individuals with IDD. While federal policy does not mandate colleges offer post-secondary programs to young adults with IDD, many colleges across the country have developed programs for these individuals. This review aims to investigate how state policies address post-secondary education for students with IDD.

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Shari Hopkins

Assistant Professor, Western Oregon University
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Kimberly Patton

Instructional Assistant Professor, Illinois State University
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Julia Snider

Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University
Julia is an assistant professor at Grand Valley State University. Julia’s passion is in promoting the meaningful inclusion of students with extensive support needs within the general education classroom through planning and preparing instruction. Her current research examines the... Read More →

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