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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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Sunday, December 6 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Preparing Businesses for Integrated Employment: Strategies for Developing Quality WBL Environments

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This session equips attendees with a research-based model for establishing meaningful and quality work-based learning (WBL) experiences for businesses and individuals with disabilities through the implementation of a disability awareness training program for businesses prior to participating in work-based learning programs. Using nationally reported data, research on the perceptions and challenges companies encounter when hiring individuals with disabilities along with the exclusion of disability as a topic in diversity and inclusion awareness programs, and input from professionals coordinating these learning experiences in secondary and postsecondary settings, this presentation will convey the importance and impact of educating businesses through disability awareness training programs. Additionally, this session will equip attendees with a research-based model for establishing and implementing a disability awareness training program for businesses participating in WBL experiences.

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Lauren Perry

Special Services Director, Satsuma City Schools
Lauren Perry recently accepted a position at Satsuma City School System as their Special Services Director where she coordinates and oversees the Special Education, Gifted, English Language Learners, and 504 programs. She previously worked with the University of South Alabama’s... Read More →

Sunday December 6, 2020 3:30pm - 4:15pm EST
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