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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 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Utility of Modified Grade-level Non-Fiction Books During Inclusive Literacy Instruction

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Attendees will 'feel the power of inclusion' through this description of an effective inclusive literacy instructional strategy and suggestions for application in the field. Modified books are frequently used as literacy supports for students with extensive support needs (ESN), despite limited evaluations of their effectiveness. The efficacy of book modifications to support comprehension during non-fiction shared reading in general education classrooms was evaluated in this single case design. Student comprehension was higher after reading modified grade level, non-fiction books compared to similarly matched non-modified books. These findings support existing research showing students with ESN can access grade-level books in general education settings with appropriate adaptations, rather than relying on special education curricula for literacy instruction. Implications for practice are provided with examples of materials and planning strategies to support implementation.

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Jennifer Kurth

Associate Professor, University of Kansas
Inclusive Education
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Samantha Gross Toews

Assistant Professor, Cal State University Northridge
Samantha Toews is an assistant professor at California State University Northridge in the Special Education Department. She was previously a special education teacher at WISH Charter School. Her research focusses teacher preparation and professional development to promote inclusive... Read More →

Saturday December 5, 2020 2:30pm - 3:15pm EST
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