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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
Students with Severe Disabilities and SWPBIS: Educator and Administrator Perspectives

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To explore how schools include students with severe disabilities in school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (SWPBIS), we interviewed 15 school administrators, special educators, and general educators from schools implementing SWPBIS during the 2019-2020 school year. We asked all school members to describe how students with severe disabilities were included in SWPBIS systems procedures, practices, and data collection. In addition to identifying specific strategies for promoting and barriers that hindered inclusion within SWPBIS, educators also described their willingness to implement evidence-based practices to promote inclusion in SWPBIS. In this presentation we will present themes that emerged from qualitative analysis and implications for research and practice pertaining to the inclusion of students with severe disabilities in SWPBIS.

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Virginia Walker

Associate Professor, Department of Special Education and Child Development, UNC Charlotte
Virginia L. Walker, PhD, BCBA-D, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education and Child Development at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Walker began her career as a special education teacher of students with extensive support needs in Atlanta... Read More →
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Kristin Joannou Lyon

Research Associate, University of Kansas

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