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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
Curricular Areas in Which Students with Intellectual Disability Receive Instruction

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This study examined the curricular areas and contexts in which students with intellectual disability (ID) receive instruction. Participants (N = 57) were high school special educators from Pennsylvania with at least one student with ID on their caseload that took the state's alternate assessment and received educational services for at least a part of the day at a public school that educated students with and without disabilities. Data were collected using an online questionnaire. Results indicated that all students received instruction in academic areas, most in functional areas, and slightly fewer in non-academic/functional areas. Instruction in academic and functional areas was primarily provided in special education classrooms. Students from urban/suburban areas were more likely to receive instruction in the school building than those in rural areas. Students with severe/profound level of ID were more likely to get instruction in the community than those with mild/moderate needs.

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Stacy Dymond

Professor, University of Illinois
Stacy Dymond is professor of special education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on curriculum issues related to educating secondary and transition-age students with severe intellectual disabilities in inclusive school and community settings... Read More →
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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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