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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 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Wearable Technology Plus Video Review: Physiologic Data Strengthens Communication Supports

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To support the TASH theme, Feel the Power of Inclusion, we explore how communication approaches might evolve to consider previously ignored stressors that impact short and long-term communication outcomes. Students with complex communication needs are often also facing invisible physiologic barriers, such as high heart rate, sleep deprivation, GI issues, or sensory overload. Scientific research shows that brain processes needed for effective communication are impacted when the student is not in a calm state. Many students with communication disabilities have exposure to previous trauma and hyper-vigilance to threat, yet, these backgrounds are rarely considered in establishing baseline communication capability and future goals. When these elements are factored in, communication can be greatly improved. Wearable technology and video review can change the way we understand these hidden communication barriers and offers new insight to better coach students towards communication goals.

Presenters
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Cynthia Blasko

Board Member, Roots of Inclusion
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Grant Blasko

Hi, my name is Grant Blasko, and I am 18 and an AAC user.Today, I am a senior honor student, dual-enrolled in high school and Running Start at Bellevue High School and Bellevue College in Washington State, just outside of Seattle. I am also a DO-IT Scholar at the University of Washington... Read More →


Thursday December 3, 2020 2:30pm - 3:15pm EST
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