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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 • 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Inclusion of Students with Extensive Support Needs in SWPBIS Tier 2

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School-wide positive behavior interventions and supports (SWPBIS) is a tiered framework designed to support the behavioral needs of all students in a school (Horner et al., 2010). All students should receive Tier 1 supports, including direct teaching of behavioral expectations and a school-wide reward system (Horner et al., 2010). It is expected that some students will need additional Tier 2 support (Horner et al., 2010). Check-In/Check-Out (CICO) is a research-based Tier 2 support based on behavior report cards and reinforcement (Crone et al., 2010). Although there is a substantial research base supporting the positive effects of CICO to date, there is limited research on the effects of CICO for students with ESN (Maggin et al., 2015). This is critical because CICO is efficient to implement and can be effective in reducing challenging behavior and increasing positive behavior (Hawken et al., 2015).

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Virginia Walker

Associate Professor, Department of Special Education and Child Development, University of North Carolina at 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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Megan Carpenter

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Kansas
Megan Carpenter postdoctoral researcher at the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Prior to her current work, she was a special education teacher for K-8 students with extensive support needs. Her research focuses on educator... 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 →

Saturday December 5, 2020 4:30pm - 5:15pm EST
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