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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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Saturday, December 5 • 1:30pm - 2:15pm
A Call to Researchers: Investigating Math Interventions for Students with Extensive Support Needs

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Special education is most effective when evidence-based practices (EBPs) are utilized. Unfortunately, for students with extensive support needs (ESN), relatively few EBPs have been identified, particularly in more complex academic areas, such as math problem solving. In this presentation, we will share our process to evaluate the evidence base for one mathematics intervention, modified schema based instruction (MSBI). Our findings suggest that MSBI is not yet an EBP, not because of a lack of effectiveness, but because of a lack of investigation. This presentation serves as a call to researchers to continue replicating experiments with diverse populations in diverse regions in order to provide practitioners with much needed information regarding EBPs for students with ESN.

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Fred Spooner

Professor, UNC Charlotte
Fred Spooner is Professor of Special Education at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Spooner has researched and written about instructional strategies for students with severe disabilities since the 1980s. Recently, he has focused on alternate assessment and linking both assessment and instruction... Read More →
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Dr. Melissa Tapp

Assistant Professor
Dr. Melissa Tapp is an assistant professor of special education in the teacher education department and joined Catawba in 2022. Dr. Tapp completed her Ph.D. (2022) and M.Ed. (2010) in special education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Previously, she has worked in... Read More →
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Amy Clausen

Doctoral Candidate, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
I am a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. My research interests include general curriculum access for students with extensive support needs and personnel preparation, particularly preparing general education teachers to include students with extensive... Read More →

Saturday December 5, 2020 1:30pm - 2:15pm EST
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