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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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Monday, December 7 • 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Systemic, Sustainable Change for Inclusive Education: A District's Story

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This phenomenological study investigated the multi-year experience of one school district in a southern state as they facilitated the development of inclusive education services for students with significant disabilities. The researchers interviewed personnel in one county-wide school district to study how they approached achieving systemic, sustainable change in their education services, and the outcomes of their work. Information was gathered through the use of open-ended interview questions, historic documents, and data on student placement, services and outcomes. Information across these sources was analyzed for emerging themes. Insight was gained regarding their experiences, expertise required, any practices/tools/instruments/resources they used, and overall reflections on their process and outcomes.

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Diane Ryndak

Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Diane's work focuses on two areas. First, at UNCG she focuses on teacher and doctoral level preparation, with a focus on collaborative teams meeting the complex needs of students with significant intellectual and other disabilities through the use of evidence-based practices in inclusive... Read More →
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Kristin Burnette

Ph.D. Candidate, UNCG

Monday December 7, 2020 12:30pm - 1:15pm EST
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