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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 • 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Researching Effects and Opportunities Associated with Different School Placements

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Federal law requires school districts to provide students with disabilities access to general curriculum and to consider general education settings in placement decisions. Nevertheless, it gives districts wide latitude for making placement and curriculum decisions. In a 3-year nationwide study, funded by the Institute of Education Science, we have been comprehensively examining the settings, programs, instruction, and outcomes for students with severe disabilities associated with four setting levels of educational placement, from self-contained schools through inclusive settings. Although our research was impacted by the pandemic, we have been able to collect a considerable data set, which offers a much needed picture of what students learn and experience in different educational environments. This presentation provides a project description, preliminary findings, and a description of how our analysis will proceed. Future research and practice directions will also be discussed.

Presenters
avatar for Martin Agran

Martin Agran

Professor, University of Wyoming
Dr. Martin Agran is a nationally recognized researcher in the area of special education. He is an Emeritus professor and former department head in the Department of Special Education at the University of Wyoming. Additionally, he served as a professor in the Special Education Departments... Read More →
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Lewis Jackson

Professor, University of Northern Colorado
Dr. Jackson is known for his advocacy for inclusive education, based on over thirty years of working with teachers, students, and families across all settings. He has been a teacher educator since 1985, but is now fully committed to research activities, examining the impact of setting... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Kurth

Jennifer Kurth

Associate Professor, University of Kansas
Inclusive Education
avatar for Alison Zagona

Alison Zagona

Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education, University of Kansas
I am a researcher and special education teacher educator, and I am passionate about advocating for inclusive educational experiences for students with extensive support needs.


Thursday December 3, 2020 12:30pm - 1:15pm EST
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