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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
Expanding Vocational Education Perceptions: Positive Impacts for Students with Disabilities

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This presentation will layout the steps taken to implement a statewide accountability program for Career Readiness Transition. Even with career readiness being an optional component for all students in our state, we saw the vast majority of 12th grade students eligible to participate the state's alternate assessment participate in the Career Readiness Transition Accountability program with great success. Our teachers were successfully able to find competitive and integrated work sites for participation. These placements led to the development of work "soft skills" necessary for employment. In addition to providing key concepts necessary to implementing this type of accountability program, we will look at trends in year one data.

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Karen Guettler-James

University of Kentucky
I work at the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky.  At HDI we work to promote inclusion, address inequities, and improve opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  I am also a student at the University of Kentucky in the Educational Psychology program... Read More →
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Jacqueline Norman

University of Kentucky
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Jill Griffiths

Human Development Institute-UK
I am a retired Kentucky special education administrator. Prior to retirement I was a teacher, Director of Special Education, and a special education cooperative director. Since February of 2013 I have worked on projects involving students with significant cognitive disabilities at... Read More →

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