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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
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Inclusive of Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

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Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a framework that can be inclusive of all students with disabilities, including those with significant cognitive disabilities. MTSS provides an opportunity for integrating general and special education so students with significant cognitive disabilities access and progress in the general education curriculum in inclusive classrooms. However, often how MTSS is designed and implemented is not inclusive of all students. By isolating the instructional systems for students with significant cognitive disabilities, the concept that all students are general education students first and that special education is a supplementary service is virtually negated. This session provides a MTSS framework that is inclusive of students with significant cognitive disabilities with examples of how this could be implemented in schools.

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Jessica Bowman

Research Associate, University of Minnesota/ TIES Center
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Gail Ghere

Research Associate, TIES Center / University of Minnesota

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